Albion Interactive History / Kresge Cottage

Albion Interactive History

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Kresge Cottage, 1958

In 1958, the Kresge foundation approved “the perfect plan” devised by Starr and Burrowes for the Norton Family Cottage and erected Kresge Cottage asthe first unit in the new addition. In typical fashion, Starr included everything he could put together for the dedication program on Sunday, October 6, 1958. Not only was it a day of celebration for Kresge Cottage, but it marked the forty-fifth observance of Founder’s Day and served as Homecoming as well. After a warm welcome to the capacity crowd, Starr introduced Stanley S. Kresge, who accepted the symbolic key to the home on behalf of the foundation and his father, Sebastian S. Kresge, who was “now 91 years of age but still in good health.”

Before closing the program, Starr expressed his deep appreciation for the heartening response the Commonwealth had received in its campaign for developing the North Campus. “When you tour Kresge Cottage,” he said, “you will observe the initial evidence for yourselves. Then, just across the way you will see thesuperstructure for Flynn Cottage, which we hope to put to use next. In addition, I am delighted to announce Mrs. R.M. Gerstacker of Midland, Michigan, has just confirmed she will endow the Elsa G. Allen Cottage, upon which work will begin very soon.” The blank map he and Miss Gilette had drawn was filling in more rapidly than anyone anticipated. Indeed, within only two years, three of the rectangles on the original plan already had gained labels.

Source: Keith Fennimore. Faith Made Visible: The History of Floyd Starr and His School. Albion, Michigan: Starr Commonwealth. 1988.

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