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Introduction

Origins

The City

Collegeville (1887, 1895)
College Delta (1898, 1899)
Oakwood (1899)
Cedar Banks (1900)
College Grove (1903)
Fairview (1904, 1905)
College Heights (1904)

Charter of 1907

Avondale (1913)
Bungalow Knolls (1916)
Chesterfield Hills (1916)
Ardson (1919)
Ridgeley Park (1921)
Strathmore (1925)
Glen Cairn (1926)

The Campus

Chronology

1855–1870
1871–1885
1886–1900
1901–1915
1916–1927

 

Interactive Map

Sites on the National and State Historic Registers

Complete list of
Significant Structures

Sources

Babcock–Sanford House, 437 Abbot Rd. (1907)


Babcock–Sanford House, November 2003. Photo Credit: Kevin S. Forsyth.

Warren Babcock, Jr (1866–1913, M.A.C. B.S. ’90, Sc.D. ’13) began his tenure as Instructor in Mathematics in 1891, rising to Professor in 1909 when the department separated from Civil Engineering (H. K. Vedder would head the latter). From 1908 to 1909 he also served as East Lansing’s second mayor, but declined re-election. Having suffered for some time with ill health, Babcock died on June 3, 1913, just days prior to the commencement ceremony that would have conferred upon him Doctor of Science.[Minutes, 7 May 1913, p. 131; 7 Jul 1909, p. 23; 8 Mar 1911, p. 70. Beal, p. 460. 52nd AR, pp. 7, 32]

The house was then owned by Frank and Cara Sanford, who raised their five children here. Frank Hobart Sanford (1880–1938, M.A.C. B.S. ’04, M.S. ’13) was Professor of Forestry from 1906 to 1920. He established the Sand Hill Plantation on campus, and is the namesake of the Sanford Natural Area. In 1941, the widowed Mrs. Sanford rented the property to the College, which operated it as one of several off-campus women’s cooperative houses. “Sanford House” was one of the last remaining co-ops when the school closed them in 1956, to be supplanted by the apartment-style Van Hoosen Hall.[Lansing City Directory (1916), p. 560. U.S. Census (1930). Minutes, 26 Jun 1941, p. 1731; 19 Jun 1953, p. 3214]

From 1969 to about 1979 the Babcock–Sanford house was rented to the MSU Student Housing Cooperative which populated a series of co-ops there, including Eleutheria which was forced out of the former Hagadorn mansion by a devastating fire in 1972 (see Oakwood).