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A Beautiful Location: the Architecture of NMU

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center will open a new exhibition on the architectural history of Northern Michigan University entitled, “A Beautiful Location: the Architecture of NMU,” on Saturday, June 12. The exhibition will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m, through October 2. Admission is free and open to the public. Currently, all visitors will need to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

“A Beautiful Location,” looks at how Northern Michigan University went from a one building campus in a remote part of Marquette, to its expansion as a modern campus of the 1960s and the wired-community of today. NMU has had a rich and fascinating physical history.  The campus features some of the region’s most significant structures designed by Michigan’s greatest architects. From the now demolished Kaye Hall, designed by D. Frederick Charlton, to Harden Hall (originally the Learning Resources Center) designed by Michigan’s most famous architect, Alden B. Dow, Northern’s campus is a mix of unique architectural styles and aesthetics.

The exhibition will feature key information about each structure, including photographs, maps, architectural plans. In addition, the exhibition will have a time-lapse map showing how the campus has grown and spread out over the past 122 years.  There will also be display cases featuring architectural fragments, signs and artifacts connected with buildings no longer in existence on campus.

Lastly, the Beaumier Center will be hosting occasional architectural walking tours of the NMU campus this summer. These tours are free but are limited to 20 people. To make a reservation for one of the following tours, please call 906-227-2549.

Walking tour dates: 

Thursday, September 9

Thursday, September 23

For more information on visiting the Beaumier Center, please go to www.nmu.edu/beaumier or www.facebook.com/beaumiernmu.



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