Opened Fall 1948
Wightman Hall was built on the site of the former athletic field which had
been used until 1930. The building, designed by Roger Allen and Associates of
Grand Rapids, housed the Home Economics Department on the first floor and the
Department of Fine Arts on the second floor. It also housed Industrial Education
classes until the construction of the IET building in 1987. The building also
housed the University Press.
North Art Studio, which is connected to Wightman, was designed by Dow Associates
and was completed in 1976.
Elizabeth R. Wightman did her earliest teaching in the public school system
of Mount Pleasant, MI. She later studied at the Ypsilanti Normal College then
returned to Mount Pleasant to teach geography and art at Central Normal. In
1900, she was promoted to the rank of professor and also made head of the Department
of Art. She also served as the patroness of Pi Kappa Sigma and as the faculty
advisor to the Art Club. She retired in 1937, a much beloved member of Central's
faculty. She died in the spring of 1940. Her obituary in the Mount Pleasant
Times said that her friends and neighbors were shocked to learn that she had
passed away in a Detroit hospital after just a few days of illness.