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Tour - New Redeemer Ann Arbor Church within the former Delta Kappa Epsilon Shant

  • Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • 611-1/2 East William Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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AIA Huron Valley is pleased to host a tour on Thursday June 13th of the historic DKE Shant that is the new home of Redeemer Ann Arbor. Geoff Perkins of Perkins Construction and Gary Cooper of Cooper Design, along with Bart Bryant and Jim Mong of Redeemer Ann Arbor will provide us with the story and tour of the conversion of this architecturally significant building for use by Redeemer.  

Location: 611-1/2 East William Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Parking: Parking garages and metered parking is available downtown.  Note:  William Street is under construction and other streets downtown are blocked and traffic is redirected.  Please plan ahead so you can arrive in advance of 4:30. 

PPE and Other Gear Required: No special gear required

Continuing Education: This tour will be accredited for 1.25 LU/HSW continuing education credit. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the history of The Delta Kappa Epsilon Shant, designed by William LeBaron Jenney (credited as the architect of the skyscraper and the first professor of architecture at U of M) and constructed in 1878, recently remodeled for use by Redeemer Ann Arbor.  Compare it with his previous Grace Episcopal Church in Chicago, also designed in a Thirteenth Century Gothic Style.  
  • Discuss the specific challenges of remodeling the interior of this building to provide ADA access and restroom facilities.  The worship space is on the second floor while the fellowship hall is on the first floor and the basement now houses the nursery, mechanical spaces, and new ADA restrooms. The stairway was rebuilt (enlarged) and an elevator added.  
  • Discuss the structural challenges of working with a masonry structure and excavating the existing crawlspace to provide a new usable basement.  
  • Discuss the challenges of remodeling the exterior of this building with regard to the Historic District Commission standards and review of the repaired stained glass windows, ADA lift added to the front, and fire stairs rebuilt on the back. 

  • Discuss the challenges of working on a project in Ann Arbor that never had an approved site plan and solutions that were presented to the City to address the potential problem of adding more than 200 SF of basement space.

  • Discuss the challenges of converting space with fraternity symbols and meaning for use as a religious place of worship.  (Stained glass windows, other DKE symbols that remain) How can Redeemer Ann Arbor add meaning and symbolism within these spaces to start their new chapter in the history of this building?  

  • Discuss historic details that were either preserved, restored, or re-used within the building, such as the stained glass, wainscot, interior doors, etc.  Discuss details that were uncovered or discovered during the construction. 

Cost: FREE for AIAHV Members, Associate Members and Students, $25 for Non-Members

Questions? Contact: Theresa Angelini, tangelini@angeliniarchitects.com

Please register soon as spaces are limited!

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