michigan state university eustace-cole house

Original Construction
Construction Cost
1,500 sf addition
7,500 sf existing
Completion Date

National and State Register of Historic Places


Eustace-Cole Hall wasbuilt in 1888 and houses the University’s Honor College.  It is a Shingle-style building and was in generally good condition; however, both interior and exterior work was necessary to upgrade and enhance its appearance and assure its serviceability for another 100 years.  

The HopkinsBurns team, as Architects Four, designed the project which involved restoring, replacing, and/or repairing interior surface treatments, including uncovering original vaulted ceilings; replacing windows; upgrading mechanical and electrical systems; and making modifications for accessibility, including an addition to house a stairway and an elevator.

All work had to comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, which require that additions and alterations preserve historic materials that characterize the building; however, new materials must be differentiated from original ones and still remain compatible with the building’s original scale and features.

To that end, brick and stone matching, interior detailing, and window profile matching required extensive research during design and construction to guarantee that these project goals were met.