Botanical Laboratory

Botanical Laboratory (HM20M9)

Location: East Lansing, MI 48864 Ingham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 43.902', W 84° 29.088'

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At this location, near the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden (1873), the Botanical Laboratory stood from 1879 until it burned on March 20, 1890. Watson and Arnold of Lansing designed this Gothic-inspired, wooden structure as the first botanical laboratory on campus. It also housed Professor Beal's botanical museum.

When the Botanical Laboratory burned, Professor Beal wanted the new botany building to be located in the center of campus, which would have been just west of Linton Hall. According to Professor Madison Kuhn, author of Michigan State's centennial history, President Oscar Clute (1889-1893) changed the delivery of the bricks for the second botany building to preserve the "sacred" space—an oak opening—where Michigan State University began.

For the second botany building, located on what is today West Circle Drive, there was an impressive cornerstone dedication on June 22, 1892. The cornerstone inscription, "Botany A.D. 1892," is still prominent. The current building name is Old Botany.
HM NumberHM20M9
Placed ByMichigan State University
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Date Added Thursday, August 10th, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 705904 N 4734089
Decimal Degrees42.73170000, -84.48480000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 43.902', W 84° 29.088'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 43' 54.12" N, 84° 29' 5.2800000000001" W
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Area Code(s)517, 734
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 308 W Circle Dr, East Lansing MI 48864, US
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