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




Interactive Map

Sites on the National and State Historic Registers

Complete list of
Significant Structures


Butterfield–Ayers House, 134 Center Street (1895)

Butterfield–Ayers House, February 1992. Photo Credit: Kevin S. Forsyth.

Only one pre-Delta house remains in Collegeville: the Butterfield–Ayers House, built in 1895. This author is uncertain about the Butterfield name, having found no indication that either Ira Butterfield (Secretary of the Board of Agriculture, 1893–1999) or his son Kenyon Butterfield (M.A.C. ’91; President of the College, 1924–1928) ever lived here. Both lived on campus at Faculty Row № 10 during Ira’s tenure, and Kenyon lived at № 6 as President.

The “Ayers” appellation comes from the East Lansing Historic Commission, one of many sources that use inconsistent spelling with regard to Orvil J. Ayrs (including the man himself). Around 1910 Orvil, along with his twin sister Olena and their widowed mother Laura, lived here. By 1916 they had moved to M.A.C. Avenue, where Orvil built several houses including the significant Ayrs House at 320 M.A.C. Avenue.[LCD (1910), p. 141; (1916) p. 180. Newman (1915)]