“My daughter and I are entering our first I Spy b/c we think it’s Burton Tower,” say Jason Kahn and six-and-a-half year-old Renia Kahn. “You can just see the top of the clock face at the bottom of the picture.” That was also the giveaway for Jeri Hollister, whose first thought had been the law school. “‘Festival Time,'” notes Louisa Griffes, refers to Burton Tower and “the current site for Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s outdoor program, Top of the Park.” “TOP is my favorite Ann Arbor event!” writes Dan Ezekiel, who likes to “scan the top of the tower for Peregrine Falcons (often successfully).”
President Marion L. Burton first spoke of a “grand campanile” in the 1920s; Eliel Saarinen drew up the first design. “Did you see … Saarinen’s drawing for the tower?” urges Nick Hadwick, citing a Michigan Today article from April 15, 2013. “It looks more like the actual building than Albert Kahn’s early sketches.”
Of thirty-three entries, twenty-six correctly identified Burton Tower; others cited the other limestone building on Ingalls Mall–Rackham. Our winner, drawn randomly from the correct entries, is Cathy Chow. She will take her gift certificate to the Scrap Box.
To enter this month’s contest, use the photo and clue on the Back Page of the July issue to identify the scene, then follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.