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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

Fairview (1904)


Map by the author, based on Newman, 1915.

The original platting of Fairview, created by C. M. Chittenden and A. C. Bird, consisted of the Grand River Avenue frontage of the Chittenden farm. North of the avenue this extended from just west of Bailey Street east to Gunson Street; south of the avenue was an additional strip of land (Bogue Street to River Street) that was soon purchased by Professor Bogue (see below). Most of the original street names—including four that were previously used in other subdivisions—have been changed: Elm (now Bailey), Haslett (now Collingwood), Park (now Kedzie), Maple (now Durand), East (now Gunson), and College (now Bogue). Orchard Street retains its original name, though the experimental orchard that was its namesake, on the college grounds across Grand River Avenue, is long gone.

Interestingly, J. D. Towar makes a point of stating that “it is not recorded that Bailey Street and the Liberty Hyde Bailey School [built 18 years after Fairview] were named after the same name.”[Towar, p. 55] However, it might be a safe assumption, given Liberty Bailey’s celebrity status as a horticulturalist and the propensity for renaming Fairview streets after college luminaries.

The first addition to Fairview north of Grand River Avenue extended Bailey Street to the present Ann Street, but ignored Albert Street, which then ended at the alley west of Bailey Street. Later platting of further additions to Fairview caused portions of four lots to be turned into a street, and Albert Street was continued eastward.

This frontage plat was designed with an alley running along the rear of the lots. This was, of course, an excellent feature for property that was destined for commercial use, as the alley provides convenient access for delivery vehicles. In the mid-1990s the city transformed the neglected alley from a utilitarian space punctuated by diesel fumes and skateboarders, to an inviting, brick-paved “pedestrian promenade”—complete with diesel fumes and skateboarders.

Edward Porter Kinney House, 829 E. Grand River (c. 1903)

This house, now demolished, stood on the current site of the Evans Scholars house.

 

Bogue’s Addition to Fairview (1905)


Map by the author, based on Newman, 1915.

Ernest Everett Bogue (January 13, 1864 – August 19, 1907) was the first Professor of Forestry at M.A.C. from 1902 until his death. His property on the north bank of the Red Cedar, a strip of the former Chittenden farm abutting the college grounds, was a beautifully landscaped area with a wide diversity of plantings.[Beal, pp. 449–450] This addition extended College Road (now Bogue Street) and Cedar Street further south, and left alone a stretch of “Bogue’s Woods” along the river. Today, the entire area is student housing.

 

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