Betsy Barbour House

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Coordinates: 42°16′34.44″N 83°44′27.93″W / 42.2762333°N 83.7410917°W / 42.2762333; -83.7410917

Betsy Barbour House, view from Maynard St.

Betsy Barbour House (Barbour) is a residence hall operated by University of Michigan Housing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Hall Profile[edit]

Helen Newberry House, view from Maynard St.

Barbour houses approximately 120 occupants, 70% of which are freshmen. The residence is one of three all-female residence halls on campus. The hall contains a laundry room, two lounges, front desk, and multiple kitchenettes. It shares resources with its next-door sister hall Helen Newberry House, which contains the exercise/dance room, kitchen, and computing site.


Located just across the street from Angell Hall, Barbour is one of the closest residence halls to UM's central campus. The street address is 420 South State Street.


Barbour was built in 1920, as a gift from Levi Barbour, a former UM Regent. One of his sponsored students from Japan, Kikuchi Matsu, had died of tuberculosis as a result of inadequate living conditions at UM, and this prompted his decision to help construct new housing.[1][2]


  1. ^ Tano Jodai and Her Graduate Education Abroad : The Significance of Studying Abroad for Japanese Women's Higher Education in the 1910s and 1920s by Shimada Noriko、Japan Women's University , "日本女子大学紀要. 文学部" 56, 86-71, 2007-03-20
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-09-01. Retrieved 2007-01-12.  UM Residence Hall Overviews. Accessed Jan 12, 2007.dead link