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Osler's Office
Modern Living Series: David Osler's Former Architectural Studio Tour
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3:00 David Osler's Architectural Studio Tour [+] 19 $10.00
a2modern Presents: Tour of David Osler's Former Architectural Studio Sunday, August 10, 2 pm - 5 pm This event has limited space availability. Cost: $10/person. Registration is required. Osler’s architectural studio was built in 1902 by the Washtenaw Light and Power (predecessor of Detroit Edison) as a place to change voltage from high to low, it had been empty since 1949. Windows were missing. The slate on the roof was damaged from the years of being jiggled by all the trains going by. Conduit insulators were sticking out just below the roof. The inside was a total mess. In addition, the neighborhood, then filled with ramshackle houses, was considered a bad part of town. Osler admits “there were not many who would want it,” but he could see the possibilities. “It was like the building was shaking hands with me,” says David Osler, describing turning a deserted electric power substation into a modern office. He made the dilapidated shell into a useable space and then put on an addition, staying within the perimeters allowed by the structure and lot. The tour will show how a historical building can successfully be repurposed. The current owners of the building, Dr. Kristine Freeark and Dr. Robert Zucker, will be in attendance to answer questions about the most recent reuse of the building. Light refreshments will be served. LOGISTICS The office is located at 916 Fuller Street. There is not enough room to park at this location so, you will need to park nearby and walk a bit to get to the office. Some suggestions: To the east (toward Glen): On Glen Court there are spaces on the street with no time limit. At the end of Glen Ct. is a U of M parking structure (open on weekends and weekdays after 6 p.m.). No UM permit is required on Sundays. [This is kitty corner to Angelo's and has plenty of parking] In the other direction there's parking on State St. and on High St. a2modern is a local organization dedicated to the awareness of and appreciation for mid-century architecture and design, celebrating the accomplishments of the architects, designers, builders and homeowners in Ann Arbor. UMMA is pleased to partner with a2modern to provide audiences the opportunity to experience Ann Arbor's modernist architecture in conjunction with the exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham on view July19 –October 12, 2014.
2:00 David Osler's Architectural Studio [+] 11 $10.00
a2modern Presents: Tour of David Osler's Former Architectural Studio Sunday, August 10, 2 pm - 5 pm This event has limited space availability. Cost: $10/person. Registration is required. Osler’s architectural studio was built in 1902 by the Washtenaw Light and Power (predecessor of Detroit Edison) as a place to change voltage from high to low, it had been empty since 1949. Windows were missing. The slate on the roof was damaged from the years of being jiggled by all the trains going by. Conduit insulators were sticking out just below the roof. The inside was a total mess. In addition, the neighborhood, then filled with ramshackle houses, was considered a bad part of town. Osler admits “there were not many who would want it,” but he could see the possibilities. “It was like the building was shaking hands with me,” says David Osler, describing turning a deserted electric power substation into a modern office. He made the dilapidated shell into a useable space and then put on an addition, staying within the perimeters allowed by the structure and lot. The tour will show how a historical building can successfully be repurposed. The current owners of the building, Dr. Kristine Freeark and Dr. Robert Zucker, will be in attendance to answer questions about the most recent reuse of the building. Light refreshments will be served. LOGISTICS The office is located at 916 Fuller Street. There is not enough room to park at this location so, you will need to park nearby and walk a bit to get to the office. Some suggestions: To the east (toward Glen): On Glen Court there are spaces on the street with no time limit. At the end of Glen Ct. is a U of M parking structure (open on weekends and weekdays after 6 p.m.). No UM permit is required on Sundays. [This is kitty corner to Angelo's and has plenty of parking] In the other direction there's parking on State St. and on High St. a2modern is a local organization dedicated to the awareness of and appreciation for mid-century architecture and design, celebrating the accomplishments of the architects, designers, builders and homeowners in Ann Arbor. UMMA is pleased to partner with a2modern to provide audiences the opportunity to experience Ann Arbor's modernist architecture in conjunction with the exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham on view July19 –October 12, 2014.
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a2modern Presents: Tour of David Osler's Former Architectural Studio
Sunday, August 10, 2 pm - 4:00 pm
This event has limited space availability. Cost:  $10/person.

Osler’s architectural studio was built in 1902 by the Washtenaw Light and Power (predecessor of Detroit Edison) as a place to change voltage from high to low, it had been empty since 1949. Windows were missing. The slate on the roof was damaged from the years of being jiggled by all the trains going by.  Conduit insulators were sticking out just below the roof.  The inside was a total mess.  In addition, the neighborhood, then filled with ramshackle houses, was considered a bad part of town. Osler admits “there were not many who would want it,” but he could see the possibilities.
“It was like the building was shaking hands with me,” says David Osler, describing turning a deserted electric power substation into a modern office.  He made the dilapidated shell into a useable space and then put on an addition, staying within the perimeters allowed by the structure and lot.   The tour will show how a historical building  can successfully be repurposed.  The current owners of the building, Dr. Kristine Freeark and Dr. Robert Zucker, will be in attendance to answer questions about the most recent reuse of the building.

Light refreshments will be served.


LOGISTICS
The office is located at 916 Fuller Street.  There is not enough room to park at this location so, you will need to park nearby and walk a bit to get to the office.  Some suggestions:
 
To the east (toward Glen):
  • On Glen Court there are spaces on the street with no time limit.
  • At the end of Glen Ct. is a U of M parking structure (open on weekends and weekdays after 6 p.m.).  No UM permit is required on Sundays.  [This is kitty corner to Angelo's and has plenty of parking]
In the other direction there's parking on State St. and on High St.


a2modern is a local 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to the awareness of and appreciation for mid-century architecture and design, celebrating the accomplishments of the architects, designers, builders and homeowners in Ann Arbor. UMMA is pleased to partner with a2modern to provide audiences the opportunity to experience Ann Arbor's modernist architecture in conjunction with the exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham on view July19 –October 12, 2014.