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AEM spotlight:

Akerman Hall eligible for National Register of Historic Places

Classroom in 1949, Photographer Norton and Peel, Photograph Collection, Minnesota Historical Society.

Classroom in 2009.

Akerman Hall has been declared eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.  It was previously included as a contributing building due to it's location in the qualifying zone that makes up the Northrop Mall Historic District, which is also on the Register. This evaluation declares it individually eligible.

UMN Capital Planning and Project Management contracted Hess, Roise and Company located in Minneapolis, MN to complete the assessment.
In determining eligibility for the National Historic Register a building is evaluated on when and how it was significant in history as well as the integrity of the original physical structure. Akerman is eligible because of its association with the history mechanical and aeronautical engineering programs in the state of Minnesota and because of the preservation of the interior corridor systems.
“Walking the halls during the evaluation, we were impressed that the building still felt like a mid-twenty century building, “commented Charlene Roise, of Hess, Roise and Company, “It hasn’t been gutted; it’s very charming,” she added.   Unlike many buildings on campus, Akerman has undergone no significant renovations since it was originally constructed in 1948.

Specifically on the hangar renovation, Roise commented that the firm is excited that the AEM Space Committee has remained dedicated to restoring the historic character of the building in its designs for the hangar. 

For a PDF copy of the full report, click here. More informaiton on the Hangar Renovation project is available here.

Last Modified: Monday, 22-Feb-2010 13:58:50 CST -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation