Venturi, Scott Brown Strikes Again

I was in Ann Arbor, Michigan this past weekend. I was taking a stroll around the University of Michigan’s campus at dusk one day. I ran across a building that looked suspiciously familiar (and grim). I went inside to ask a somewhat startled security guard if he knew the name of the architecture firm that was responsible for it. “Venturi, Scott Brown?” I volunteered. It was correct. I knew because the building looked exactly — exactly — like Berry Library. It was Berry Library, even down to the floorplan of the ground level.

I had no idea that “New England mill” was a style in Michigan, too.