Michael A. Stecker


Michigan Union
photo edited from: Waymarking


adapted from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_Union
The present Michigan Union building was built in 1917 at the heart of the central campus near the intersection of South State Street and South University Avenue.  It stemmed from the 1904 Michigan Union student group -- "an 'all-inclusive organization' focused on providing feelings of unity for men on campus."  After the end of the First World War, the Union interior was finally completed, and the building officially opened in 1919. The original Union building included a variety of facilities including a bowling alley, billiards, barbershop, cafe, and various lounges, reading rooms, dining rooms, an assembly room, accommodations for returning alumni and a swimming pool (added later in 1925). In a speech delivered on the steps of the Michigan Union on October 14, 1960, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy announced his Peace Corps proposal.  A plaque at the steps now commemorates the event.

In 1929, the Michigan League was built on North University Avenue as the "women's union".