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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

Liberty Hyde Bailey School, 300 Bailey St. (1922)


Professor Bailey, circa 1886. Photo Credit: M.S.U. Archives.

Liberty Hyde Bailey, Jr. (1858–1954, M.A.C. BS ’82, MS ’86) was Professor of Horticulture 1885–1888, after which he went to Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) to become Chair of Horticulture and later Dean of the College of Horticulture (1903–1913). He designed the nation’s first Horticulture Laboratory at M.A.C. (now Eustace–Cole Hall), and remains a world-famous horticulturalist to this day. His portrait hangs in the lobby of the Plant and Soil Sciences Building, and a larger-than-life statue graces the horticulture gardens behind PSS.

As Professor of Horticulture, Bailey resided on campus at Faculty Row № 9. His childhood home in South Haven, Michigan, is now a National and State Historic Site.

This site was purchased by the school board in February 1922, and construction soon began on the district’s second schoolhouse (after Central School). The school was dedicated in June 1923, with Dr. Bailey in attendance.


L. H. Bailey School, November 2003. Photo Credit: Kevin S. Forsyth

Along with Central School, the East Lansing School District closed Bailey School in 1984, after which it became a community center. The city closed the center in 2015, citing excessive maintenance costs and numerous safety issues. Now the Capital Area Housing Partnership has secured government funding to convert the building into a mixed-use commercial and senior housing center. The project broke ground in September 2016 and construction is expected to be complete by late autumn 2017.


The Spirit of Michigan State

by J. Bruce McCristal