History of Campus
Buildings: The Physical (Walking) Tour
you would like to physically walk (or ride)
the campus tour, begin by printing out
on the image for a bigger view of the
and this directions page, and carry them with
you. The directions assume you are using sidewalks
on foot, bicycle or wheelchair / wheeled cart.
Allow at least 90 minutes at a steady pace to
see all the buildings on the tour.
Information about each building is included
via the links in text below. You may wish
to print selected sections to take with you
on your tour.
tour at Welch Hall
(1), which is on the south side of campus,
across the street from the historic Water
Tower, where you will also finish the tour.
(into campus) to Ford Hall
(back toward Cross St.) to Boone
east down Cross Street toward College
Place, from which you will see Pease
Auditorium (5) and the location
of the former
Business & Finance
(left) on College Place, you will see Pierce
Hall (6) on your left.
As you pass
Pierce Hall, follow the walkway on the north
side of the building, heading west (left)
into campus. On your right you will see King
Hall (7), then, turning around and heading
back east, Roosevelt
east on Forest Avenue, where you will see
the Goddard and Jones
residence halls (9) to the north (your
As you proceed
toward Lowell Street, you will see Sill
Hall (11) and then 600
W. Forest St. (10) on your left.
(left) onto Lowell Street. As you reach East
Circle Drive, you will see the Alexander
Music Building (12) on your left.
(left) onto East Circle Drive. As you pass
Alexander, you will see the Quirk
Dramatic Arts Building (13) (also known
as Quirk/Sponberg Theatres) on your left.
(right) onto Ann Street, where you will pass
by the Best/Wise/Buell/Downing
residence hall complex (14). Dining Commons
1 is located in the center of this complex.
re-encounter East Circle Drive in one block;
turn west (left) here. To the north (right),
you will see the Putnam/Sellers/Walton/Phelps
residence halls (15).
Circle Drive as it curves to the south (left).
At the corner, you will see Pray-Harrold
(16) hall to the south.
heading southwest, and you will see the Porter
College of Education Building (17). Looking
across West Circle Drive to the west, you
will see the Geddes
Town Hall one-room schoolhouse (18).
from the Porter Building, head back toward
East Circle drive as it runs north. On your
left, you will see Warner
Gymnasium (23) and the Snow
Health Center (19).
the Snow Health Center, you will see the Olds-Robb
Student Recreation Center (also called
the Rec/IM) (20).
the entrance to the Rec/IM (20), and you
will see a path leading along the building's
west side into University Park, which contains
the lake and
LakeHouse (21). Follow
the path into University Park as it proceeds
toward the LakeHouse. Feel free to explore
University Park while you are here. When
you are ready to resume your walking tour,
continue on the paved path past the basketball
and volleyball courts, and out through the
north end of University Park.
after exiting the north end of University
Park, you will arrive at the Hoyt/Pittman/Hill
residence hall complex (25). (Continue
west toward Oakwood Drive, where you will
see the Village residence complex across
reach Oakwood, turn
south (left) on the sidewalk as it continues
Pine Grove apartments
(24) and the
construction zone for the new student center
to the east (left). You will soon see the
parking deck and West Circle Drive. Follow
the sidewalk east, along West Circle drive,
to re-enter the main campus. As you pass
the parking deck, you will see Bowen
(22) to the east.
after passing the parking deck, turn to
your right and re-enter the walkway as
it proceeds between Halle
Library (26) which will be to the
west (your right) and the Brown/Munson
(27) to the east. Halle Library is a state-of-the-art
facility and a centerpiece of the campus.
If it is open, we encourage you to stop
in for a visit and self-guided tour.
arrive (again) at West Circle Drive; turn
left (east), passing the south end of Brown/Munson
apartments. On your right (south) will be Strong
Hall (31), and shortly on your
left (north) will be the Rackham
building (28). As West Circle
Drive veers north (left), turn right
(south) to follow the main sidewalk
on your left as you turn south will be the
Marshall Health and
Human Services Building (29). On your
right is the Hover Building
(30), then on your left will be King
Hall (7). Further on your right is Sherzer
Hall (35), which houses the University's
As you are
passing Sherzer Hall, turn right (west) and
walk around the south end of Sherzer, where
you will see the Mark Jefferson mall area
on your right. Proceed into the mall/courtyard,
where you will see Strong
Hall (31) on the north side, Mark
Jefferson (32) on the west side, the Terrestrial
and Aquatic Research building in the southwest
corner, and Briggs Hall
(34) on the south side.
and walk back south toward Starkweather
Hall (36), the oldest building on campus.
As you walk past Starkweather, you will see
McKenny Union (37)
on your left. You are invited to tour McKenny
Union at your leisure. As you are passing
McKenny Union, you will see the fountain area
and Welch Hall toward the south, and you have
completed your historic walking tour of campus.
free to browse through any open campus buildings
while you are on your tour. If you have any
questions along the way, please contact our
Admissions Office (401 Pierce Hall, 734.487.3060)
or our Alumni Relations Office (734.487.0250).
Enjoy your visit to EMU!