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Law Quadrangle

Three of Four Buildings, Valued
at More Than $4,000,000
Now Completed.
Late William W. Cook, Famous
Alumnus of University
Donates Club.
(By Irving J. Blumberg)
(By Irving J. Blumberg)
Visiting alumni will note with in-
terest today the progress made to-
ward the completion of the English-
Gothic Law Quadrangle during the
past year, and will view with pride
the imposing spectacle it presents.
The Quadrangle, in its entirety
the gift of Mr. William W. Cook, is
the only one of its kind in the
world. Three buildings, Valued at
approximately $4,000,000, now com-
prise the Quadrangle, and a fourth
is to be added soon.
Occupies Entire Block.
In 1923, work on the first build-
ing, the Lawyers club, was com-~
menced. Almost an entire block of
fraternity houses was razed to
make way for what is now one of
the most impressive structures on
the campus. Construction pro-
ceeded rapidly, and the luxurious
home of 160 law students was ready
for the dedicatory services held
June 13, 1925.
The services were in charge of
Dean Alfred H. Lloyd, at that time
acting president of the University.
The donor, Mr. Cook, was not pres-
ent. He was represented by a close
friend, Mr. John T. Creighton, who
read a letter outlining Mr. Cook's
hope that the Michigan law school
might be made "a great center of
legal education and of jurisprud-
ence for the good of the public."
Housed 160 Students.
From that time, until the com-
pletion of the present accoinmoda-
tions, the 160 occupants of the club
lived in an atmosphere character-
istically legal. In 1929, a desire to
erect a memorial to his. father, and
also to enlarge the living accemibo-
dations of the club, led Mr. Cook
to make another impressive dona-
" This donation included funds,
necessary for the construction and,
furnishing of the John P. Cook
dormitory, which was to house 117
more law students. Almost simul-
taneously with this gift came the
announcement of the new Legal
Cook Never Visited
BuildingsHe Gave
William W. Cook died without
ever having seen the magnifi-
cent buildings that his munifi-
cence made possible. Although
the Lawyers' club and the
Martha Cook dormitory were
completed and the Legal Re-
search building and John P.
Cook dormitory were in the pro-
cess of construction, Mr. Cook
never came to Ann Arbor to see
Although ill health contribut-
ed somewhat to his reasons for
staying away, Mr. Cook, it is be-
lieved, never visited Ann Arbor
because, carrying in his mind an
ideal picturization of his quad-
rangle, he feared that actual ob-
servation might result in' disil-
Research Library gift, appropriate
home for the thousands of volumes

of law book.
Library to Open in 1931.
Plane were immediately prepared;
and the two buildings were erected
in record time. In order to accom-
modate the students at the begin-
ning of the school year, the John
Cook dormitory was completed and
furnished in time for occupancy in
Masonary and exterior work has
been completed on the library, and
at the present time, visiting alumni
will find workmen busy furnishing
the interior and applying finishing
touches of the exterior. The Legal
Research building looms as a giant
Gothic cathedral, high above the
roofs of the present campus build-
ings. It will be opened for library
and research work in the fall of


The old adage "Here toda1y a:nd
gone tomor~row" has been modified
to "Here yesterday and moved the
day after" insofar as it relates to
ithe structures that once stood on
the site where the Lawyers' club,
the law dormitories and the Legall

Unique Architectural Features
Characterize General

2 d t Rooms Contain Modern
F;: 'h ngs; Memorial
Serves as Lounge.

--~~-~ .I Research buildin tn
John P. Cook Dormitory addi- Fraternity houses, rooming houses
.ion to the Lawyers club embodies and a church have at one time or
al tbe inc=p'es requisite to the Ianother occupied space on the
neds of a man's residence. block bounded by State street,
Ail fnituro 1s constructed of Iouth University, Tappan and Men-
. A bed, a chest of drawers, a roe streets, according to George
dc .a rge rsroran upholstered W. Sample, judge of the Circuit
44.ti: c, t/ t~' cout ad on ofAnn Arbor's older
Si each o the inhabitants.
The first chapter house of Psi
JOn J .CookoMemorial room Epsilon was built on the corner of
t _ as a lounge for the men in State and S. University, Judge
P. e }orokpicture of Sample said. Acacia, Delta Kappa
ofather , the donor Epsilon, and Theta Delta Chi have
5 , ~aove the r: 1efireplace. also had houses on the Law plot,
ewdows of colorful stained Judge Sample asserted.
si create a tone of seriousness. The Theta Delta Chi house was
f e scroll and sceptre of Statute moved last summer across State
Law decore cse the northernmost street to its present location.
Ldwdeondton the other windows The Disciples Church, Judge
are the wsrd and balances of the Sample declared, was built on the
Ciril tLaw.hland east of the original Psi U
Clvil Law. house and was later moved block
by block to its present location on
the corner of Hill and Tappan.
X $209000 Gift Provi.es
h Recreation quarters
\C j.
One of the last gifts William W.
Cook made to the Lawyers club be-
fore his death was a fund of $20,-
000 to be used for the furnishing of3
a recreation room in the basement
of the club. Tile floors have been
laid, and the walls have been pan-



Need for Extensive Legal Study
to be Met With New
The crying need 'for formulation,
statement and improvement of all
branches of the law into a form in-
telligible, not only to law students
and lawyers, but to the layman as
well, is at present being nowhere
more adequately met than at this
University, where, with the comple-
tion in a very few months of the
Legal Research building, the latest
addition to the Lawyers' club quad-
rangle, unprecedented facilities for
legal study will be available.
Towering above the other build-
ings on the Lawyers' quadrangle,
the Legal Research building, now
more than half completed, will
house 14 consultation and research
rooms, a l4uge'iibrary tlatIwill seat
400 persons and house more than
225,000: volumes, and other rooms
for independent student research. It
will contain equipment for the sci-
entific study of law in all its aspects
-social, politic and economic, and
is being erected at an expenditure
of more than $2,000,000.
William W. Cook, the donor of the
Legal Research building, stipulated
in the instrument of git which
brought the Lawyers' club to Michi-
gan that all membership dues and
all profits from the operation of
the Lawyers' club building were to
be devoted to legal research. Com-
plying to this provision, these funds,
now to be greatly augmented by
the incone received from the oper-
ation of the recently constructed
John P. Cook dormitory, have been,
and will be, directed to that end.
Under the auspices of the Lawyers'
club, attention has been centered
within the past year, not only on
several problems connected with the
administration of justice, but also
on the underlying question of or-
gaz ing legal research.
Board of Governors
Manages Legal Club
General management of the Law-
yers' club is exercised by a board of
governors which consists of Regent
James O. Murfin, two members of
the faculty, Prof. Grover C. Gris-
more and Prof. Edwin C. Goddard;
the chief justice of the Michigan
Supreme court, two practicing at-
torneys, and two resident students.
The student council, which has
charge of all activities and social
functions, is composed of one stu-
dlent elected from each of the 15
sections of the dormitory.
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The Legal Research building
(above) will contain a huge li-
brary which will house the
thousands of volumes now in
the Law School library, a gen-
eral reading room, and rooms
for faculty and student research
work. It is the finest of its kind
in the country.
The John P. Cook dormitory
(right), the latest addition to
the Lawyers' club, provides ac-
commodations for 117 law stu-
dents and was erected at a cost
of more than $1,750,000. It con-
tains a beautiful lounge, the
John'l P. 'Cook Memorial room,
named for thedonor's father
and. other appointments con-
ducive to the comfort of the
These two buildings are con-
structed of the same materials
and along the same English-
Gothic lines of the original unit.

A collossal conglomeration of
unique architectural features char-
acterizes the general structure and
furnishings of the Lawyers club.
Although the casual observer will
note only the attractive example of
English-Gothic type, a close in-
spection of the building reveals
numerous details, all executed in
most inconspicuous manner. Espe-
cially interesting are the figurative
and almost human gargoyles which
adorn the bases of the three arches.
Each representative of different le-
gal personages and also leading col-
legiate activities, they hold "a
stony stare" for both club resident
and visitor.
Upon entering the lobby of the
club proper, one is sure to notice
the huge oaken doors with their
heavy iron hardware. The clutb of-
fice is located in the lobby, on both
sides of which are stone arches,
heavily draped, one leading to the
dining hall and the other to the
spacious and comfortably-furnished
lounge. Complimentary to the "trg-
lish-Gothic architecture are the
two large tapestries which adorn
the lobby's upper walls.
The two, with a third which
hangs in the lounge, were brought
from the walls of Mr. Cook's home
in New York. These are valued at
more than $50,000.
Corner Monroe and Oakland
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eled in accordance with the interior
decoration scheme of the building.
A set of English prints of great
value were sent from the private
collection of Mr. Cook and will
adorn the walls. Furniture, includ-
ing card tables, has been ordered
and the room will be open for the
convenience of club members in the
near future.


William Wilson Cook, donor of
the Law Quadrangle, was born in
Hillsdale, Mich., on April 16, 1858.
He received his early education in
the public schools of Hillsdale, and
in the preparatory department of
Hillsdale college. He then entered
the University of Michigan, receiv-
ing his A. B. degree in 1880 and
his degree in law in 1882.
Upon his graduation from law
school, Mr. Cook entered the office
of a prominent New York attor-
ney, and there made the acquain-
tance of John W. Mackay, who re'

tained him as corporation counsel.
Mr. Cook was recognized as one
of the country's 1eading authortes
on corporation law. His bock,
"Cook on Corporations" is no. in
its eighth edition, and is accepted
as the standard authority on this
§ubj ect.
Mr. Cook was forced by ill health
to retire to his Port Chester estate,
but always maintained his interest
in the University, planning and su-
pervising his Law Quadrangle pro-
ject. He died on June 4, 1930, at the
age of 72.

The Executive Committee of the
Michigan State Bar association will
meet at 10 o'clock this morning in
the Lawyers club. The members of
the committee will attend the
Michigan-Illinois football. game in
a body.

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