The Alexander G. Ruthven Building houses the Executive Officers of the University of Michigan and other core administrative offices at the university.


Ruthven Building main entrance

Ruthven Building Main Entrance. 
All visitors should enter Ruthven from the main entrance. 

Address & Campus Location

Ruthven Building (map)
1109 Geddes Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079

Ruthven is located on University of Michigan – Ann Arbor’s Central Campus adjacent to the Central Campus Transit Center (CCTC), School of Dentistry, Biological Sciences Building, and the Central Campus Classroom Building (CCCB).

Note: Please make sure to include “Ave.” when inputting the above address into navigation system or app.



Ruthven Welcome Desk in Historic Rotunda

Ruthven Welcome Desk in Historic Rotunda

Welcome Desk & Historic Rotunda

The Ruthven Building contains a welcome desk at its main entrance in the building’s historic rotunda.

Our Guest Services Specialist can help you find a meeting room, a specific individual, or an event or meeting that you just aren’t sure where it’s being held.

If it’s your first time coming to Ruthven, please feel free to stop by and ask for assistance.


Parking & Transportation Options

Public Transportation

Ruthven is conveniently located located near the Central Campus Transit Center — served by both the Ann Arbor Transit Authority (AATA) and University Busses (Blue Bus).

To visit Ruthven using these options, visit the U-M Logistics, Transportation, & Parking (LTP) Trip Planner (powered by Google Maps).

Visitor Parking

Palmer Drive Structure (U-M structure)

The nearest paid public / visitor parking is in the Palmer Drive structure (Lot N26). When you make your way to campus from your vehicle, make sure to exit the structure’s south elevators and take it to the Plaza Level to reach “street level.” From there you can easily make your way to Ruthven’s main entrance.

Palmer Commons Parking Structure South Elevator

Look for the South Elevator in Palmer Parking Structure

Street Parking (City of Ann Arbor)

The nearest paid, metered street parking is located on Church St, Washtenaw Court, and Fletcher St.

Forest Street Structure (City of Ann Arbor)

The City of Ann Arbor operates a paid, hourly parking structure at 650 S Forest Ave.

U-M Employee Parking

The nearest U-M employee parking options are in the below structures. Explore the links below to learn about specific types of parking at each location.

Barrier-free employee, permitted parking is available in the nearby parking structures noted above and in the Ruthven surface lot located the intersection of Church St. and Geddes Ave.


Additional Wayfinding Guidance  (Ruthven staff access only – authentication required)