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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)
Bailey (1927)
Touraine (1927)

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

Chronology of the Michigan Agricultural College

1855–1870 1871–1885 1886–1900 1901–1915 1916–1925

Year Event or Building History
1855 M.A.C. founded, 12 February  
     
1856 College Hall Demolished, 1918
  Saints’ Rest dormitory Burned, 9 Dec. 1876
  Brick Horse Barn Demolished, c.1922
     
1857 College opens, 13 May  
  Faculty Row № 4 Demolished, 1945 [Kuhn, p. 446]
  Faculty Row № 5 Demolished, 1945 [Kuhn, p. 446]
  Faculty Row № 6 Demolished, c. 1970
  Faculty Row № 7 Existing (Cowles House)
     
     
1858 Smith farmhouse moved, rebuilt as farm foreman’s house Moved at least 3 times, by 1912 occupied by Horticulture foreman
  Students build first bridge over river [Lautner, pp. 26–27]
  First apple orchard planted  
     
1859 Bumper crop of turnips  
     
1860 1st Farm Lane bridge (wooden) Destroyed by ice in spring thaw, 1875
  5 brick dwellings and
barn (now shop) built
 
     
1861 Seniors dismissed early to join Union army
     
1862 1st Cattle Barn  
     
1863 Michigan Ave. connected to Grand River Ave.
     
1864 1st pear orchard  
     
1865 Built sheep barn
1st fruit from orchard
 
     
1866    
     
1867 1st greenhouse erected, “probably by Professor Prentiss” [Beal, p. 269] Demolished, 1874
     
1868    
     
1869 Farm foreman’s house built Moved, 1900.[Beal, p. 268]
     
1870 Williams Hall Burned, 1919
  Piggery, 34x80 feet, erected by Dr. Miles and students Moved southeast, 1885, for Engineering Shops; “still farther back” in 1907.[Beal, p. 268]
  DL&LM Railroad crosses farm
(Kuhn, p. 80 says 1871… this might be the date when the line finally reached Lansing?)
later Pere Marquette, then Chesapeake & Ohio, today CSX Railroad
     
  Note: Italicized entries are from Beal’s “College as a River” timeline, 1913

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