Martha Cook Building

Martha Cook Building (HM1RI8)

Location: Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Washtenaw County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 16.492', W 83° 44.278'

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The Martha Cook Building first housed women students of the University of Michigan in 1915. New York lawyer William W. Cook, a Michigan alumnus, donated the building. The Collegiate Gothic residence was named for Cook's mother, Martha W. Cook. New York architects York and Sawyer designed this building as well as the university Law Quadrangle, one of Cook's later donations. Paul Suttman's garden statue, known as "Eve," was a fiftieth anniversary gift of the building's alumnae.

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A statue of Portia, the heroine of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, stands above the entrance of the Martha Cook Building. Gothic groin vaults frame the ground floor hallway, which houses a full-sized marble replica of the Venus de Milo. The Red Room, which connects to the Gold Room by a paneled alcove, displays a seventeenth century Flemish tapestry. William W. Cook's Steinway piano, commissioned in 1913, as well as a bust of Cook are exhibited in the Gold Room.
HM NumberHM1RI8
Marker NumberS601
Year Placed1990
Placed ByBureau of History, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 274218 N 4683925
Decimal Degrees42.27486667, -83.73796667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 16.492', W 83° 44.278'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 16' 29.52" N, 83° 44' 16.68" W
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Area Code(s)734
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 954-1098 S University Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109, US
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