Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Friday June 23, 2017

Library Hours: 7:30am to 5:00pm

Eastern Michigan University Library

Campus Buildings At a Glance

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Building name : McKenny Hall

Construction date : 1930

Dedication date : October 24, 1931

Name after : Charles McKenny, President of Michigan State Normal College, 1912-1933

Building function : Office Space

Cost(USD) : 300,000

Architect : F. Eurich, Jr. of Burrough & Eurich, Detroit, MI; East addition by Jickling & Lyman, Birmingham, MI

Builder : Lovering and Longbotham

Architecture style : Art Deco with Collegiate Gothic embellishments

Square footage : 55,056

Cubical content : 929,190

Prior name : McKenny Union

Date changed : 2007

Old function : Student Union until 2007

Notes : Michigan State Normal College was the first teachers’ college with a social center. In 1924, President Charles McKenny proposed the idea of a Union to student leaders. That year the Alumni Association set out to raise $500,000. For the first time the university funded a building campaign by soliciting money from alumni. Later on, money was pledged by the Student Council and by faculty. By 1928, the school had pledges for $350,000, unfortunately due to the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the following Great Depression, the school had only collected $130,000 in cash by 1930. Construction began in 1931, with a reduced, and therefore less expensive, plan. Difficulties in paying bonds on the building lead the state to take control in 1937, drawing the cost of the debts from the student programming fees. Despite these funding difficulties the building was a pleasant structure. This beautiful building was named for Charles M. McKenny, President of EMU 1912-1933 and the man who first proposed the idea of a student union. During the housing crunch of the 1950s, the third floor and basement of McKenny became student housing, dorm rooms were set up for those who worked in the student union.



Type : Renovation

Year : 1963, 1992, 2006

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Notes : In 1963, the state allocated money for an expansion and modernization of the building. The newly updated building was opened in 1966. The renovations included an expansion to the east containing a bookstore in the basement, a grill and space for bowling and billiards. McKenny was renovated again in 1992, when the bookstore moved from the basement. The university also added space for a bank, mail center, and food venues. The barrier free facility contains 13 meeting rooms ranging from a 4,300 square foot ballroom to informal meeting rooms. During its time as a student union approximately 8,000 people visited McKenny every day during the academic year. McKenny Union was renovated in 2006 and converted back into classroom space, office space, career services, and veteran’s services. In 2010, a quick-stop market was opened for students to grab snacks on the run.