See You in 2021!
The Detroit Observatory Classroom and Accessibility Addition project will help transform the Detroit Observatory into a center for understanding and celebrating U-M history, a site for student and public astronomy in an historic setting, and venue for a variety of University events.
The construction project will address accessibility issues, provide much-needed educational and event space, and outfit the complex with advanced capacity for physical and digital exhibits.
Construction at a Glance
Here is a quick look at some of the enhancements and upgrades this project will provide.
- 7000 square-foot, three-level addition
- Street-level main entrance with access to the first floor of the historic Observatory by elevator and stairs
- Full handicapped accessibility to all addition levels and to the main floor of the Detroit Observatory, which houses the historic Meridian Circle Telescope and will hold exhibits
- Multi-use classroom with capacity for 45 students working in groups or 75 -style
- Physical and digital exhibit spaces and technology
- Capacity for 19th-century-style or technology-enhanced astronomical observing
- Catering kitchen to support dinners and receptions in the multi-use classroom
- Preservation and conservation of the historic Observatory building and instruments
- Architects: Harley Ellis Devereaux, Southfield, Michigan
- Contractor: A Z Shmina, Brighton, Michigan
The Detroit Observatory Will Re-Open in 2021
At that time, we anticipate the Observatory’s expanded programming will include:
- Lectures and presentations on U-M history, astronomy, and more
- U-M History Tours: the Observatory, the campus, and beyond
- Public astronomy in an historic setting
You Can Help Bring 165 Years of History to Life
Your gift to the Detroit Observatory construction project will support a campus icon. Click here for a full list of ways you can support the Observatory, or contact us to learn more.