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photo: Tim Hursley
New York architects Edward York and Philip Sawyer received the commission to design the University of Michigan Law School’s Quadrangle in the early 1920s. The Legal Research Building was one of four Neo-Gothic buildings that York & Sawyer would design for the school. The structure, which looks from the outside like a Gothic cathedral, is still one of the largest freestanding law libraries in the world. In 1982 architect Gunnar Birkerts completed an ingenious underground addition to the library.