Ann Arbor Photographs

UM Law School Quad, the center of power

Architecture serves many purposes. It provides beauty with function. It enlightens and inspires. It expresses our ambitions, desires, and emotions. During my recent visit to Ann Arbor, I toured the University of Michigan Law School Quadrangle, better known as the Quad. I loved the English Gothic style and how the architects purposefully created a space to demonstrate power and purpose. Prestigious? Yes. Expensive? You betcha. And the competition is fierce to get in.

According to the Society of Architectural Historians, “The school recalls the design of the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge and of the Inns of Court in London, but it is adapted to modern academic life.”