History of NMU Architecture Exhibit Opens

Kaye Hall (NMU Archives photo)

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center will open a new exhibition on the architectural history of Northern Michigan University titled “A Beautiful Location” on Saturday, June 12. The exhibition looks at how NMU progressed from a campus with one building in a remote part of Marquette, to its expansion as a modern campus of the 1960s, to its wired community of today.

The exhibition reflects NMU's rich physical history and features some of the region's more significant structures designed by Michigan architects. These structures include the now-demolished Kaye Hall, designed by D. Frederick Charlton, and Harden Hall (originally called the Learning Resources Center), designed by Alden B. Dow. 

“A Beautiful Location” explores how NMU's campus is a mix of unique architectural styles and aesthetics. The exhibition will feature key information about each structure, including photographs, maps and architectural plans. In addition, it will have a time-lapse map showing how the campus has grown and spread out over the past 122 years. There will be display cases featuring architectural fragments, signs and artifacts connected to buildings no longer in existence on campus. 

The Beaumier Center will host free architectural walking tours of the NMU campus this summer, limited to 20 people, on the following dates: July 8 and 22; and Aug. 5 and 19. To make a reservation, call 906-227-2549.

The exhibition will be open through Saturday, Sept. 4. Visitation hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12-4 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information on visiting the Beaumier Center, please go to www.nmu.edu/beaumier or www.facebook.com/beaumiernmu.

Prepared By

Kristi Evans
News Director

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