Harris Hall Historical

Harris Hall Historical (HM1WM4)

Location: Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Washtenaw County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 16.878', W 83° 44.461'

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Harris Hall was built in 1886 as a student center to "establish Christian teaching in the midst of a great secular university." Funds were raised from all over the country by Michigan Episcopal Bishop Samuel Harris. As a parish house for St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, the building housed church offices, Sunday school, and social space, but it was largely devoted to the activities of the student Hobart Guild.

Students were encouraged to use the three parlors, reading room, dining room, kitchen, and billiard room. A bowling alley and gymnasium occupied the basement. The thousand-volume library was "free to all who keep good order." Endowed lectures and talks by national and local figures were held in a large assembly hall on the second floor. Harris Hall remained a student religious center well into the 20th century.

Harris Hall's popularity was challenged by competition from movies, automobiles, and other recreational choices. During World War II, St. Andrew's provided the building rent free to the USO as a recreation hall for servicemen (shown gathered around the piano at left). Student activities moved for a time to a large home known as Canterbury House on North Division across Catherine Street from the church.

The UM Band and Wind Instrument Department occupied Harris Hall from 1946 until 1974,
when Revelli Hall, a new band building on Hoover Street, was completed. (Conductor William Revelli on the steps of Harris Hall, at right). Sold to the Word of God Community and later rehabilitated for commercial use, Harris Hall underwent major restoration work after its acquisition in 2003 by Dahlmann Properties.

Sponsored by Friends of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Student Foundation (Canterbury House)
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HM NumberHM1WM4
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Placed ByAnn Arbor Historical Foundation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 273989 N 4684647
Decimal Degrees42.28130000, -83.74101667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 16.878', W 83° 44.461'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 16' 52.68" N, 83° 44' 27.66" W
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Area Code(s)734, 313, 517, 586
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-141 N State St, Ann Arbor MI 48104, US
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