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BULDING NICKELS ARCAoDE
Campus's. classy corrndor

Today Nickels Arcade, the indoor
glass-roofed shopping center
between State Street and Maynard
Street, stands out as an anomaly
in State Street's sea of sandwich
shops.
The 261-foot-long mosaic-tiled
corridor, which houses some of Ann
Arbor's more upscale shops, was
originally intended to introduce a
bit of luxury to the city's shopping
scene.
Today, the high-end men's cloth-
ing store Van Bovens and the spe-
cialized gift shop The Caravan give
a sense of Nickels Arcade when it
first opened in 1918. Established in
1921 and 1927, respectively, these
two stores are a reminder of the time
when shopping on State Street took a
luxurious turn.
It was Tom E. Nickels, an Ann
Arbor businessman, who ordered

the construction of this steel-and-
brick shopping center. Nickels was
the son of John H. Nickels, who
owned a meat market on State Street.
When he inherited the land from
his father, Tom decided to demolish
the whole building and instead give
Ann Arborites a fancier downtown
shopping experience. Et voila, con-
struction for Nickels Arcade began
in 1915.
The total cost of Nickels Arcade
amounted to roughly $150,000, or
approximately $2,000,000 in today's
dollars.
The Arcade is seen as being rep-
resentative of commercial develop-
ments made on State Street in the
early 1900s.
The architect Hermann Pipp, who
also designed the Barton Hills Coun-
try Club and the Marchese Building
in Ann Arbor, created blueprints for

the Arcade. The type of indoor gal-
lery that inspired Nickels Arcade was
fairly common in Europe but less so
in the United States.
Asa keen observer might note, the
facades on State Street and Maynard
Street are in the same Beaux-Arts
style, but were made from different
materials. Whereas the State Street
entrance is made from terra cotta,
the Maynard Street facade is mainly
of yellow brick withterra-cotta deco-
rations.
Today, Nickels Arcade is host to
a number of specialty shops. It was
listed in the National Register of His-
toric Places in 1987 and wentthrough
a renovation the same year. The ren-
ovation included resetting mosaic
tiles and repointing the terra cotta
interior and exterior, according to
Ann Arbor District Library archives.
ELIN BERGMAN

Pesple walk along Nickels Arcade yesterday afternssr,
The arcade, which spaned in 1918, took three years
to build. In 1987, the arcade's tile floor and terra cotta
facades were renovated.

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CRIME NOTES
Owner 'steals'
bicycle tire
WHERE: Alice Lloyd Resi-
dence Hall
WHEN: Monday at about 9 a.m.
WHAT: A woman called Uni-
versity Police to report that
someone was stealing a tire
from her Schwinn bicycle.
However, the true owner of
the bicycle was the one who
took the tire, University Police
reported.

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES.
Byzantine art Sen. Levin talk

stairs, University Police report-
ed. The man sustained injury
to his face, nose and head, but
refused medical treatment.
Gate grazes car
WHERE: Glen Carport, 300
Glen Ave.
WHEN: Monday at 8:45 a.m.
WHAT: The arm of a security
gate came down on a man's
burgundy 1993 Saab, breaking
off the antenna, University
Police reported.

lecture
WHAT: Jannic Durand, a
curator in the Department
des Objets d'art at the Louvre
in Paris, will discuss Byz-
antine art. Durand's talk is
titled, "After the Fourth Cru-
sade: Byzantine Reliquaries
in France."
WHO: Forsyth Lecture series
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Rackham Amphi-
teatre

Elderly man Key to graduate
er y nianTea for GROCS
injured after library stolen
program1
missing step WHERE: Shapiro Undergradu-
ate Library WHAT: A tea for partici-

WHAT: A talk by Carl Levin,
Michigan's senior U.S. sena-
tor, aboutthe bailout and for-
eign policy
WHO: College Democrats
WHEN: Today at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Kuenzel Room,
Michigan Union
CORRECTIONS
. An article in yesterday's
Daily (Threet the likely
starter in Happy Valley on
Saturday) was unclear about
which players missed Satur-
day's game against Toledo.
Brandon Graham, Donovan
Warren and Martavious
Odoms all sat out the game
with injuries.
" A photo caption on the
front page of yesterday's
Daily ('RidingHigh') mis-
identified the Delta Delta
Delta sorority.
Please report any error in
the Daily to corrections@
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A Colorado high school
student is appealing a
federal court ruling that
upheld her school's decision
to withhold her diploma until
she apologizes for mentioning
Jesus in her commencement
address, The Denver Post
reported.
Both the University's
meh's and women's fenc-
ing teams won the Mid-
west Fencing Championship
last year.
>FOR MORE, SEE THE STATEMENT.
PAGE 7B
A California family's 150-
year-old tortoise, was
reported stolen, the
Mercury News reported. The
family suspects that the des-
ert tortoise, Butch, was stolen
because he does not move fast
enough to getcvery far from the
backyard where he is kept.

WHERE: Fletcher Carport, 201
Fletcher Street
WHEN: Mondayat about5:30
p.m.
WHAT: A 91-year-old man,
who was not affiliated with«
the University, missed a step
and fell on the Fletcher carport

WHEN: Mondayat about 7:30
a.m.
WHAT: A library staff member
reported a keyto the Hatcher
Graduate Library stolen, Uni-
versity Police reported. The key
was stolen sometime between
Aug. 30 and Oct. 8. Police have
no suspects.

pants in the Grant Opportu-
nities Collaborative Spaces
program, which emphasizes
digital technology in learning
WHO: Grant Opportunities
Collaborative Spaces
WHEN: Today at 4p.m.
WHERE: Design Lab One,
Duderstadt Center

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omen's expo
Friday & Saturday
November 21.& 22
Best Western Conference Center
2900 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor
Admission:
$5 at the door $3 in advance
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Email womensexpo@annarbornews.com

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