Eastern Michigan University
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Eastern Michigan University
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Campus Buildings At a Glance

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Building name : King Hall

Construction date : 1939

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Name after : Julia Anne King, Dean of Women, 1881-1886, Head of History and Social Science Department, 1886-1913

Building function : Human Resources; WEMU; Women's Center and Women's Commission

Cost(USD) : 707,752

Architect : R.S. Gerganoff, Ypsilanti, MI

Builder : Henry C. Weber Construction Comapny

Architecture style : WPA Moderne

Square footage : 65,706

Cubical content : 835.562

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Old function : First residence hall for women.

Notes : King Hall and its companion building Goodison (now demolished) were among the first dormitories built on Eastern Michigan’s campus. According to a brochure describing the new housing, the buildings had been designed “so that students may enjoy not only the modern conveniences, but also the atmosphere of a cultured home and a program of worthwhile activities.” Photographs of the work in process show that they were built with Public Works Association (PWA) labor. The PWA had been established as a method to bring the unemployed back to work during the Great Depression, because his influence, President John M. Munson was able to use the PWA labor for a number of the necessary improvements on campus. These architects and laborers were instrumental in developing the brick and pale stone style popular on the southern side of the campus. These two dormitories, constructed as women’s housing were designed in the shape of two opposing “U’s” enclosing a private courtyard for recreation, similar to the one surviving in the Munson-Brown Apartments. In the ground-breaking floor plans, architects created the first two-room dormitory suites in the state. Each suite included a bedroom with an adjoining study. Furnishings included a twin-sized maple bed for each student with mattress, box spring, and pillow; a built in dresser and closet; a bedside rug; and dressing table. The study room contained a double desk with a shelf for a typewriter or books, a bookcase, study chair, and easy chair. Halls shared bathrooms that included an electric hairdryer. Other convinces included five “date parlors,” and a laundry room with tubs, ironing boards and clothes dryers. The complex included a cafeteria and dining room for meals. Lunch was served cafeteria style but dinner was a more elaborate affair with assigned tables and a student hostess to oversee the meal at each one. The school attempted to create a sense of gentility in their dormitories. For all these amenities, room and board cost $144 per semester, payable in two installments of $72.00 each.



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Year : 1971

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