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Mar 19

Constructing Gender: The Architectural Origins of Michigan’s Union and League

Since they officially opened in 1919 and 1929, respectively, the Union and League have been destinations for generations of Wolverines yet few know the rich history of the buildings’ origins or about the architects who brought them both to life: brothers and U-M alums Irving K. and Allen Pond. This exhibition, organized in celebration of the University of Michigan’s bicentennial in 2017, reveals how the buildings were conceived, constructed, and first occupied by students and alumni. Guest curated by Nancy Bartlett of the Bentley Historical Library, the exhibition reveals how the Ponds meticulously conceived of the two clubs—one for men, one for women—by weaving ideas about gender and society into the very fabric of the buildings themselves.

Lead support for Constructing Gender: The Origins of Michigan's Union and League is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment.