By Erin Ben-Moche | @ebenmoche
Oakland University’s Board of Trustee’s had their monthly meeting today as they met at Sunset Terrace. The meeting regarded future uses for the Sunset Terrace since President Hynd will not be using it as his house for the upcoming school year. Geoff Upward and Eric Barrit gave presentations explaining how the Sunset Terrace should be used.
Platforms for creating a Dodge museum, alumni center, and president house residence were all mentioned with historic backgrounds as well. TMP architects also gave their input on the structure of the old house that needs work to meet up to code.
Geoff Upward started the meeting with a brief history of the terrace and how it came to be. Upward talked about Dodge brothers John and Horace and how they bought Meadowbrook estates for vacation and business. When John died, Matilda bought and expanded land so she could build a residence home which came to be Sunset Terrace, 1,287 square feet of land.
Sunset Terrace is recognized as a historical landmark as well as recognition from National Park Services. Upward says that the owners of Sunset are free to do anything they want with the building as long as they are up to code, are keeping the original features and don’t distort historical and authentic fabrics.
Upward later pitched the idea for creating a Dodge Museum which includes a Dodge Institute, Dodge Library, time capsule, and garage. Upward says that it will produce revenue as well as brand the university. He says it will also help share the stories of the Dodge brothers and educate an assortment of people. It will also benefit students on campus as it opens up job and intern opportunities.
Eric Barrit also gave his pitch for using the Sunset Terrace as an alumni house. He says that the alumni number has peaked in OU history with a record breaking 100,000 OU alumnus. He wants a place for them to work and settle when visiting Oakland’s campus. He wants to include a Hall of Fame for all the alumnus, as well as host parties, dinners, conferences, and more.
Barrit says that Oakland is known for being the lowest state with space so having a building for alumnus could be an opportunity to move forward and get ahead. Barrit states, “You’re only a student for a little while, but you remain an alum forever.”
The Board is unsure about how the Sunset Terrace will be used, but they know for a fact that this house is rich in history and value and will remain as an Oakland landmark for awhile.