The University Record, February 6, 1996

Book covers 110-year history of College of Architecture and Urban Planning

The College of Architecture and Urban Planning has published a book by Nancy Bartlett, associate archivist at the Bentley Historical Library, chronicling 110 years of history at the college.

The 144-page illustrated paperback answers questions such as:


When was the first woman enrolled in the program?


How did students in the 1920s spend their free time?


Why did Eliel Saarinen spend only one year at Michigan?

The book covers the period of 1876---the year William L. Jenney was appointed as the first teacher of architecture at the U-M---to 1986, the end of Robert Metcalf's term as dean. Jenney commuted to the U-M from Chicago to teach, and was considered the "father of skyscrapers." College of Engineering Dean Robert Beckley says the book's "delightful text and illustrations will appeal as much to those with sentimental attachments to the College as its extensive references will prove useful to the dedicated scholar."

Copies, $25, are available from the College, 764-1340.