EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University is recalling a dark day in its long history: the 100th anniversary of a fire that destroyed the school’s engineering building.
The pre-dawn fire on March 5, 1916 likely began in the cement labs in the engineering building’s basement. No one died but the building was a total loss. It was less than 10 years old.
A century ago, MSU was known as Michigan Agricultural College. Auto executive R.E. Olds said he would contribute $100,000 to a new building, and Olds Hall opened 15 months after the fire.
It served as the home for engineering for 45 years until a larger building opened in 1962. Olds Hall is still in use and will turn 100 next year.
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