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Marcum Conference Center

Marcum Conference Center, on the Miami University Campus in Oxford, is a 48,628 square foot facility that can accommodate up to 275 people in the largest of its 13 meeting rooms. It opened in 1982. Walter Havighurst, in his book, The Miami Years, 1809-1984, explained some details of how the Marcum Center developed: "When a Hamilton, Ohio, family with ties to Miami made a handsome endowment, the Timothy Marcum Memorial Conference Center was staked out beside the Conrad Formal Gardens. After long deliberation, an architectural design emerged, a three-story brick building with twin wings, its central roof capped by a slender cupola with an airy 1981 weathervane. It is modeled upon the Wren Building of William and Mary College in Virginia, the oldest extant academic structure in the nation. A memorial to a recent Miami undergraduate, this new building calls to mind the foremost graduate of Old Miami. Among graduates of the Williamsburg College was Benjamin Harrison, a James River planter, governor of Virginia and signer of the Declaration of Independence. His son, William Henry Harrison, went west to Ohio and became the nation's ninth President; his great-grandson, Benjamin Harrison, Miami 1852, was the 23rd President. In addition to lecture and demonstration halls, the building includes lodging and dining rooms, lounges, library and seminars. A Memorial Room contains the military memorabilia of four-star General John Edwin Hull '15, and the honor roll of all Miamians who have given their lives in defense of the nation. While the building took shape, the Marcum family added endowment for a nature trail in the virgin woods that slope down to the Tallawanda, an expression of the late Timothy Marcum's love of unspoiled nature. The family of Verlin Pulley '25, former Oxford mayor and university trustee, planned an outdoor Pulley Pavilion near the head of the Marcum Nature Trail." Miami has been promoting the facility as the Marcum Conference Center & Inn to meeting and convention planners. The inn has 52 guest rooms, complementing the 92 overnight rooms in the conference center. A web site offers this description of the Miami Inn: "Designed to complement the nearby Marcum Conference Center, this hotel was constructed by a private client on land leased from the State of Ohio within the Miami University campus. The landscaping of the project site has been specifically designed to complement the adjoining Formal Gardens of the University.


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