The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Ginsberg Center Spaces: Overview:

The Ginsberg Center operates from the Madelon Pound House at 1024 Hill Street, an historic three-story home once the residence of Thomas Trueblood, Professor Emeritus of Public Speaking in the 1800s.


We invite you to explore our indoor and outdoor spaces and consider us as a host for your next meeting or gathering. Spaces are typically available to students and student groups from Monday to Friday between 9AM and 8PM, during the academic semesters. During academic breaks and the summer, the building hours are 8:30 - 4:30. Our community partners are also invited to contact us and explore opportunities to utilize our space during business hours.

Take a tour of our space below and contact us with questions:

living room The Ginserg Center living room (pictured above and below) is a brightly lit and newly renovated space with original artwork and a decorative fireplace. This space is commonly used to host forums, informal gatherings, meetings or as a small lecture space and can hold roughly 25 people. 

living roomOur Dining Room (pictured below) has a flat screen television, Mac system, and Internet connectivity. Our conference table seats 8-10 comfortably, with additional overflow available for 8-10 more. This space is commonly used for conferences, webinars and other telecommuted meetings, and more formal discussions, lectures, and presentations.

Dining Room view of full conference area and fireplace.

Dining Room view of full conference area and fireplace.

Weather permitting, our outdoor spaces can be used for a variety of open air meetings and events. The Ginsberg Garden, farmed and managed by U-M's Sustainable Food Program, is harvested throughout the year. Off the Ginsberg Center's first floor, the elevated outdoor porch faces Hill Street and is perfect for gatherings and celebrations. Our backyard is an open, flexible space and we invite you to contact us to explore opportunities on how it can meet your needs. 


Ginsberg Center Garden, in partnership with UMSFP, with view of our outdoor porch.


Ginsberg Center backyard.


GInsberg Center outdoor porch, facing Hill Street.

Stop by our Little Free Library, the first on the University of Michigan campus, on our front porch and join the national movement to "give a book, leave a book."

Whether you're a UM student, a representative of a student group, or one of our community partners, our spaces are available for your use. Stay tuned for stories on how the Ginsberg Center's spaces have supported the growth and success of organizations and groups on campus. And, Contact us to discuss how our spaces can meet your needs.

artwork at stairs

Check out our spaces in action!

Our Living Room...

ASB meeting

90's party

AR tutors

Our Dining Room...

Two students discussing

Dining room in action

literacy training

"The Underground", our basement space...

Circle K meeting

Partner's use of Ginsberg Center space includes:

  • Our Community Garden, maintained by U-M's Sustainable Food Program not only produces delicious vegetables and herbs but also illustrates the intersection of urban farming and social justice in our community.
  •  KnitWits, utilizes our underground space to create and donate warm wearable goods to charitable groups around the country.
  • The Family Learning Institute utlizes the Ginsberg Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen for an evening tutoring and enrichment program for local youth.