Georgia O'Keeffe Cooperative House
Located at 1500 to 1510 Gilbert Court, Georgia O'Keeffe Cooperative House, named after artist Georgia O'Keeffe, shares a building with Renaissance Cooperative House, the two uniting to form the overarching body known as M.C. Escher Cooperative House.
The creation of the Georgia O'Keeffe Cooperative House was instituted when government funds became available in 1958 for low-interest, long-term loans for cooperatives on college campuses. The Inter-Cooperative Council at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor first discussed constructing a "cooperative village" on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor's North Campus during the mid-1950s as a result of the University announcing its intent to host the colleges of engineering and art there. The University of Michigan needed to co-sign the loan, but was reluctant however, thinking that the campus fraternities and sororities would request the same kind of service.Until 1964 when Congress amended the law so that university signatures were no longer required, the idea of a North Campus Cooperative was tabled. As a result of strict selection criteria, no student cooperative had yet received a HUD loan when the ICC sent in its five-pound application in 1968. A few months later, HUD approved the application, and an ICC caravan traveled to Chicago to collect their funding, where they garnered attention from more conservative individuals.
In keeping with the geographical placement of Georgia O'Keeffe Cooperative House, known simply as O' Keeffe among members, residents are primarily students from the schools of art, architecture, engineering and music. A large population of O'Keeffe consists of graduate students in the aforementioned schools as well as in other disciplines, although there are also long-time residents that have lived there for over two decades. However, a substantial portion of house members are undergraduate students. The house itself tends to be quieter than the other cooperatives on the University of Michigan's Central Campus, due to the older average age of members. The property is surrounded by acres of verdant property; wildlife such as white-tail deer, groundhogs, fox squirrels, skunks among others call the grounds home. There is a large recreational room where residents often watch movies, have parties and play ping pong among other activities.
Each suite houses approximately fifteen to twenty members, although the number may be lower during the spring and summer months when many of the University's operations slow significantly. Members' rooms are either 'large singles' meant for a single occupant, large singles converted into a double room, or small singles. Along with residents' rooms, each suite comprises a small kitchen and a lounge with television.
O'Keeffe employs its own private chef to prepare dinner and provide lunch materials for members. GUFF (General Unspecified Free Food) food  is available in the central kitchen twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Vegan, vegetarian and omnivorous options are available at all meals and those with food allergies are accommodated
Cost of Living
Money paid in exchange for living in the house are known as charges rather than rent, since members own shares in the Inter-Cooperative Council (and therefore a minute portion of their house) which then distributes money throughout the 18 cooperatives. Charges vary based upon such factors as gas, food, electricity and water prices, but typically run from $500–$800 per room based on size of the room as well as the contract period signed for. Charges are all inclusive.
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- Top 18 Questions for People Thinking of Living on North Campus (Renaissance House and O'Keeffe House)
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- O' Keeffe House Constitution
- Membership Committee decree for House Priority Status
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- Abbreviations.com GUFF definition
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