1908 wing of Detroit Observatory, E. Ann St., razed, June 1976 / BL001693



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1908 wing of Detroit Observatory, E. Ann St., razed, June 1976
Collection Title
University of Michigan Photographs Vertical File
Collection Creator
Bentley Historical Library (collector)
Folder / Container / Volume
UBImusD13. Folder: Campus Buildings. Observatory. 1954-Present (With west wing removed) no. 259
Photographer / Artist
Robert Kalmbach
Richard Harrison Bull, architect. Building completed in the summer of 1854. Residence wing for the director added in 1868, expanded in 1905-1906, and finally removed to facilitate the enlargement of Couzens Hall in 1954. East wing, with a larger dome and a more powerful telescope, begun in 1908 and completed in 1909; torn down in 1976. Named "The Detroit Observatory of the University of Michigan" until 1931 when it was changed to "The Observatory of the University of Michigan." In 1999, the name was officially changed to "The University of Michigan Detroit Observatory." Known at various times as Detroit Observatory, Campus Observatory, Old Observatory.
On verso: "The razing of the 1908 wing of the Detroit Observatory on East Ann St. provided a fascinating spectacle for some sidewalk observers a few weeks ago..."
Published: University Record, July 6, 1976, cover
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8 x 10 photographic print
Bentley Historical Library
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2012-11-25 01:05:59

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