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Chronological Tour
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Buildings that no longer exist

Old Main Building

Date of Construction:1852, burned in 1859, rebuilt in 1860
Date of Demolition:
Known Uses:
All administration functions (until Boone Hall was built), provided classroom space and a library room (before Ford Hall was built).
Location: In the courtyard between Boone and Pierce Hall.

The original building was a brick structure three stories high. The first floor provided a room for the model school, one for the department of Physics and Chemistry, a small reception room and a library room. On the second floor were several recitation rooms and the main school room. One large room and a number of smaller ones constituted the third floor.

The original building, built in 1852

The original building, built in 1852

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The Conservatory

Date of Construction: Began in 1864; completed in 1870.
Date of Demolition: 1914
Known Uses:
Normal Training School (until 1872), and then occupied partly or wholly by the Conservatory of Music.
Location: Where Boone Hall is located

The second building to be erected on campus was the Conservatory. It was originally intended for the use of the State Agricultural Society, and was to contain an agricultural museum. Its erection was begun in 1864, but it was not roofed until late fall, 1865. It remained uncompleted until 1869, when the legislature appropriated funds for its completion.

Then in January 1870, the Board of Education accepted the building and changed its name from the "Normal Museum" to "Normal New School Building." It was devoted to the use of the Training School until 1882 and then was occupied by the Conservatory of Music.


The two original campus buildings. The Conservatory at left stood where Boone Hall is now located.

The Old Gymnasium

Date of Construction: Opened in 1894
Date of Demolition: 1965
Known Uses:
Location: Where the present parking lot across from Welch Hall on Cross Street is located.

The Normal School's first building for the "physical structure" was built in 1862 near the current site of the Ford Hall. The wooden gymnasium, the first of its kind, was destroyed by fire in 1873. It had cost $1,200 to build.

The next building for physical training stood next to the Water Tower, and the entire state legislature visited Ypsilanti in 1892 to make an inspection before donating $20,000 for the building. Ypsilanti businesses and citizens raised $1,800 to purchase the land. The red brick building featured two turrets and was divided completely in half, with the north half reserved for women and the south half for men as an addition.

The gymansium was opened in 1894 and received an addition in 1913. By 1961 it was in poor condition, necessitating six weeks of emergency repairs. No longer serviceable, it was demolished in 1965.

The Old Gymnasium

The old gymnasium was located across Cross Street from Welch Hall, where a parking lot now exists.

Old Post Mansion

Date of Construction:
Date of Demolition: 1939
Known Uses:
President's House
Location: Where King Hall stands

President Charles McKenny and his wife resided in the Old Post Mansion. McKenny died in office, leaving his widow without a home of her own except the president's house on campus. The new president Munson allowed Mrs. McKenny to remain in the house for the rest of her life, while he chose to live in the Huron Hotel.

Following Mrs. McKenny's death in 1939, Munson decided that the location of the president's house, situated at the heart of campus, would be better used for residence halls than for a large presidential house. The Post Mansion was demolished, and King and Goodison Residence Halls were constructed in 1939.

Old Post Mansion

Old Post Mansion, the president's residence

Goodison Hall

Date of Construction: 1939
Date of Demolition: September 1998
Known Uses: Residence hall for women, University offices
Location: Where the Marshall Building now stands

Goodison Hall and its companion King Hall were the first dormitories built on Eastern Michigan’s 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 currently in the Munson-Brown Apartments.

Goodison Hall

Foreground: King Hall; background: Goodison Hall

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Business and Finance Building

Date of Construction: 1939
Date of Demolition: February 2003
Known Uses:
It served as the Health Center (1939-61) and then as the Music Building (1961-84). From 1984-2003, the building housed payroll and other important financial services for the university.
Location: Beside Pease Auditorium facing Cross Street.

Business & Finance Building

The building was contructed at a cost of $60,000 to serve as the health center of the University

Business & Finance Building

In 1961 the Health Building became the Frederick Alexander Music Building. In 1984 the name was changed to the Business and Finance Building because of confusion with the new Alexander Music Building.

Business & Finance Building

After the Business & Finance department moved to the newly-renovated Hover Building, the Business and Finance building was demolished in February 2003.

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