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December 13, 1958 - Image 6

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Hatcher Dedicates Ha;11

Independents To Respond;
Program To Feature Tours

Offers Aid,
Inf ormationl

Formal Opening of Mary Butler
Markley Hall will be held from 3
p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

composed of chairmen from each
house, will welcome the guests.
Music and refreshments will be
provided in the main lounges.

-Daily-Allan Winder
CONCOURSE HIGHLIGHT - Four carved mahogany statues
on the far end of the concourse carry out the modern decor of
Markley Hall. The three-dimensional abstractions of women were
done by James E. Miller of the architecture and design college.
Modern Facifities Provided
Despite Bud gL1mita tion

University President Harlan
Hatcher will give the dedicatory Three Years of Work
address. Patricia Marthenke, '59, The dedication and open house
president of Assembly Association, culminate three years of work on
will give the response on behalf of the new women's residence hall.
all independent women. Jane 1Markley was planned by a com-
Murphy, '59, head of Markley Hall mittee composed of Assemblyt
Council, will respond for the wom- Dormitory Council representatives
en of Markley. and Elsie R. Fuller, assistant dean
Markley Hall Choir and the Jor- of women in charge of women's
dan Hall-Adams House Chorus housing.
will sing. "Planning Markley was almost
Following the dedicatory exer- like working with a remnant you
cises, there will be guided tours get at a bargain sale-we had to
of the Hall by residents. do the best we could with what we
Open House Tomorrow had," Mrs. Fuller explained.
Attendance today is limited to The planning group was limited
those with formal invitations, by the small property and the
which include University regents, strict budget with which they had
administration, and faculty heads; to work. In the fall of 1955 a
alumni; people who knew the questionnaire was sent out to
women for whom the houses are I women in the residence halls
{ named; heads of campus organi- which asked for suggestions abouti
zations, as well as important individual room arrangements ando
Michigan people. dormitory facilities in general.
The public is invited to visit Group Gives Ideas'
Markley from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. to- When these results were in, the"
morrow. preliminary planning group gave
Under the direction of Diane its ideas and request to the archi-.
Kelbel, '60, the central committee, tects committee which worked1

with the architectual firm, Har-
ley, Ellington and Daye. K, please may I_?"
Markley Hall was designed in "Mrs. K, what can I do--?"
contemeporary style. It can house "NMrs. K. will you please-?"
1,200 women, and is in the shape Mrs. Mildreth Kretzschmar in'-
of a modified "H". There are nine tialed her tenth sign-out of the
individual housing units in the afternoon and carefully replaced
four wings. In the center of the her pencil.
building are the dining rooms. As co - ordinating director of
music rooms, coed lounges and Mary Markley Hall, Mrs. Kretzsch-
snack bar. mar is constantly called on for
Construction started in summer assistance and information.
of 1957, under George W. Lathrop
and Sons, general contractors.
Committee Plans Colors
"We sat back then and waited

Although Mary Markley Hall
had to be furnished within the
limitations of small space and a
small budget, the new residence
has many facilities not found in
other dorms on campus.
Many girls have expressed the
opinion that the nicest of all the
new facilities are the phones in
every room which come complete
with an Ann Arbor city telephone
Each house has two floor lounges.
Residents themselves have desig-
nated one as a noisy room and the
other as a study room. Each lounge
has couches, chairs, ironing boards,
sink and hot plate.
On the first floor are four music
practice rooms. Pianos for these
rooms arrived only a few weeks
There are four dining rooms on
the third floor. In the evening one
of the dining rooms is converted!
into a study hall. Book shelves are
built into the wall. At the present
time there are no books, but it is
expected that next year a library
will be started.
Use Bright Colors
From the colorful snack bar to
the mahogany paneled lounges, all
of Markley Hall used bright, fresh,
harmonious colors.
Corridors and rooms have walls
of two different shades. While all
the rooms are identical as to size
and furniture, four different cur-
tain colors and seven paint shades
were used to provide 24 different
colon schemes.
Rooms Planned Like Ship
Rooms in Markley are small, but
designed to give the maximum

amount of living space. Virginia
D. Biggers, interior decorator for
University buildings, explained
that in planning a residence hall
for 1200 women, the planning was
similar to that used for a ship.
Space was not the only factor.
Lounge furnishings presented the
problem of durability. Mrs. Biggers
felt that a home-like atmosphere
and durability could be combined{
by using long-lasting frames and
sturdy fabrics.1

while the building was being con-
structed," Mrs. Fuller said. Once
you have mode your recommenda-
tions and the architect has drawn
the plan, any further changes
cost, not save, money."
Last year the committee was
revived to consider color schemes
and furnishings in order to give
specific orders. This group in-
cluded representatives from vari-
ous types of women's housing on
To plan most efficiently the
furnishing of the individual rooms,
the committee set up a model
room with the exact dimensions
f the rooms in Markley.

Incompleteness P resent

"Problems have confronted us
from the beginning of the semes-
ter when _M ar k ley Hall was
>pened," Mildreth Kretzschmar,
co-ordinating director of Markley
Hall, said.
When residents started to move
in, part of the building was not
completed. Some of the rooms andI
the central areas of the hall were
turned over to the University by
the contractors only two or three
days before students arrived.
In those few days, however, the
University employes were able to
move in all the furniture that was

homes in Hunt House and Jordan
When the women moved in, they
foundgmirrorsandcloset doors
missing. The lounges also looked
bare with missing furniture and
Completion Near
However, at the present time
everything is complete except for
closet doors for part of the front
The location of the building has
created the most serious problem
and one that is* not yet solved.
Markley Hall has a very limited
site, and there has not been
enough room for all the bicycles.
However, the street between
Markley and the public health
building has been closed off and
bike racks have been installed
there to alleviate the congestion.

Make Innovations
In arranging this room, the
group made such innovations as
a completely free desk top with
bookshelves hanging above with
a fluorescent light attached. Twin
Another area of concern has beds were chosen in preference to
come from the number of resi- bunk beds and specific dimensions1
dents. Mrs. Kretzschmar explained of the chest of drawers were
that although 56 per cent of the measured to fit the wall space be-
1121 residents are freshmen and tween the bed and closet.
many of the others are transfer "The girls who planned the
students, they have had little rooms were not entirely concerned
trouble in adjusting to living in with the latest modern styles of
so large a building. furniture," Mrs. Fuller said, ex-
Closing hour poses another plaining that the girls -rejected a
problem when so many come in at Danish modern style easy chair
one time. To facilitate checking in because it had a low back and "a
when a few minutes late, women higher back rest was needed for,
are given colored slips which tell relaxation."
the number of late minutes. Any- In addition to planning room
one who is one to five minutes arrangements, the committee also+
late makes up a half hour the set up the whole procedure for the
next weekend. For a half hour shifting of women in the then
after closing each night .residents existing residence hall system.
must remain in their rooms, the Under this they listed three choices
snack bar or the study hall so of houses, one of which had to be
that if a girl is missing she can either Markley or their present1
be easily located. hall.

... Co-ordinating Director
"Everyone calls me Mrs. K," she
explained. "My last name is Just
too hard to pronounce, especially
when someone is in a hurry."
Heads Butler
In addition to being head of all
eight houses that now comprise
the largest women's residence hall,
Mrs. K is resident director ot
┬▒Butler House.
This dual role makes Mrs. K a
very busy person. She has the
usual job of a resident director
taking care of the 115 girls in But-
ler House. As coordinating director
she is in charge of seeing that
Markley functions as a whole,
Becomes House Director
Mrs. K first Decame a house
director in 1955 when she was
assistant director of West Couzens.
"I became a house director be-
cause I am interested in people,"
Mrs. K said. She added that she
found the work exciting as well as
interesting. She decided to work
in the women's residence halls be-
cause she has two sons and she
thought it would be nice to work
with young women.



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Live in Couzens
Because part of one wing was
completed two weeks after classes
began, about 60 women lived tem-
porarily in Couzens Hall before
moving into their permanent






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