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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

Faculty Row № 9, 217 Beech St. (1884)


Faculty Row Number Nine, November 2003. Photo Credit: Kevin S. Forsyth.

The community that is now East Lansing began on the campus of M.A.C., in its “Faculty Row.” Number 9, designed by William Appleyard and built in 1884, was the home of the Professor of Horticulture. Its first resident was Liberty Hyde Bailey.[Minutes, 30 Dec 1884, p. 460]

After Professor Eustace resigned in 1919, the house was removed from Faculty Row. It was moved due north from its original position to the edge of the College grounds, and turned to face Grand River Avenue at a spot opposite the original Peoples Church. There it was “used as a music building with offices for the director and rooms for various musical clubs of the campus.” During the winter of 1920 it was also briefly conscripted as one of several quarantined “pest houses” to combat a campus outbreak of the worldwide influenza pandemic.[MAC Record, 25(4), 17 Oct 1919, p. 3; 25(22), 5 Mar 1920, p. 3]

In 1924, as the boulevard was built along Grand River Avenue (see The Elms), several buildings were in the path of the bulldozer. While most were torn down, Number 9 was moved a second time, to its present location on Beech Street.[MAC Record, 29(30), 19 May 1924, p. 11]

Of the ten houses on Faculty Row, only two remain: Number 7 (in its original location but much modified as Cowles House, the President’s residence) and Number 9. Though its form is much the same, including a distinctive triangular dormer above the front porch, the wood siding is not original: photographs taken on campus show № 9 to have had a brick façade, as specified by the Board.[Minutes, 11 Jun 1883, pp. 435–436]