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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

Gov. Wilber M. Brucker House, 619 M.A.C. Ave.
(c. 1923 – c. 1999)

Wilber Marion Brucker (1894–1968) was Attorney General of Michigan 1928–1930 and Governor 1931–1932, during which time he resided at 619 M.A.C. Avenue. While he served the State, his wife Clara Hantel Brucker (1892–1980, M.S.C. ’30) attended the College, earning a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1930 and an M.A. in History and Political Science in 1932. (She also appears to have pledged Alpha Chi Omega sorority in 1930, which is intriguing given that she was a married woman in her mid-thirties with a four-year-old child.)[Minutes, 7 Jun 1930, p. 880; 1 Jun 1932, p. 1006. Wolverine (1930), p. 288]

After leaving office Wilber Brucker had a lengthy career with a Detroit law firm, with one hiatus when he was appointed by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower as Secretary of the U.S. Army, 1955–1961. During his administration the Army saw many technological advancements and launched the first U.S. satellite, Explorer 1.

619 M.A.C. was one of three former homes of Michigan Governors listed as a significant structure by the East Lansing Historic Commission. In the late 1990s it was owned by the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, which wanted to use the land to expand the parking lot of its chapter house next door. Efforts were made to find a buyer for the house who would move it to another site, but this never came to fruition and the house was demolished.


The Spirit of Michigan State

by J. Bruce McCristal