Last updated: October 23, 2018
- 715 West Willow Street, Lansing, Michigan
- Architecture, Education
- Listed in the National Register – Reference number 100002714
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The Michigan School for the Blind represents a dedicated attempt by the State of Michigan to effectively educate the blind population in a segregated educational setting to better accommodate their need for training and instruction. The philosophy of a specific educational setting for the blind reflects the broad pattern statewide and nationally in the late nineteenth to late twentieth century prior to the change in education practices of the late twentieth century when the blind population was incorporated into mainstream educational systems. The Michigan School for the Blind campus is also significant for its early and midtwentieth century examples of school architecture in the Neoclassical Revival, Colonial Revival, and Modern Movement styles. The early twentieth century architecture reflects the popular revival style of educational institutions of that period and the design of buildings sited around a quad reflects the typical design of educational campuses popular at that time. The second major period of construction and growth of the campus is exemplified by the popular clean-lined Modern Movement school designs of the 1960s with adaptable and light-filled interiors. The Period of Significance begins with the date of construction of the oldest existing building in 1912 and ends in 1966, when the last existing structure was completed.