Starkweather Hall, photo submitted 1972
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Starkweather Hall
901 West Forest, Ypsilanti - Washtenaw County
Other Names Starkweather Religious Center
Property Type religious facility
Historic Use EDUCATION
Current Use EDUCATION
Style Romanesque
Architect/Builder Malcomson and Higginbotham
Significant Person Mary Ann Starkweather
Narrative Description Starkweather Hall is an asymmetrically massed two-story Richardsonian Romanesque structure with ivy covered walls of randomly coursed, squared fieldstone. The entrance facade is fronted by a parapeted front-gable with a wide arch entrance, dominated at one side by an octagonal tower of Ionia sandstone topped by a sloping octagonal tile roof and a decorative brickwork cornice line. Other facades feature fishscale patterned orange tile facing on the top halves of the facades leading to a various shingled roofs.
Statement of Significance Starkweather Hall is the oldest and most architecturally unique building on the campus of Eastern Michigan University, formerly Michigan State Normal College. At the time of construction, Starkweather was the only center for religious affairs at any teacher's college in the U.S. Philanthropist Mary Ann Starkweather bequested $10,000 to the university with which the building was designed by architects Malcolmson and Higgenbotham of Detroit in 1896. Leased that year to the Students' Christian Association at Eastern University, the building was renovated in 1961 by Jinkling and Lyman of Birmingham and has been well maintained.
Period of Significance 1866-1900
Significant Date(s) 1896
Registry Type(s) 04/13/1977 National Register listed
09/29/1972 State Register listed
Site ID# P24956