Western State Normal School Historic District


East Hall, Western Michigan University East Campus
Photo by Patrick Jouppi, July 2010


The Western State Normal School Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 10 August 1990. Also known as East Campus Historic District, the area is bounded by Stadium Drive, Oliver Street, and Davis Street. Covering 688 acres, the district contains 9 buildings and 2 structures.

National Register Information

The following information reflects the manner in which Western State Normal School Historic District is categorized by the National Register of Historic Places and the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.


  • Event
  • Architecture/Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Education
  • Landscape Architecture

Historic Use:

  • Education - School

Current Use:

  • Education - School


  • Ernest W. Arnold
  • Olmsted Brothers


  • State

Architectural Style:

  • Late Gothic Revival
  • Classical Revival
  • Gothic Revival

Period of Significance:

  • 1900-1950

Significant Dates:

  • 1903
  • 1957

National Register Information System Item Number:

  • 90001230

Prominent Buildings and Structures

  • The Little Theater 
  • East Hall
  • West Hall
  • North Hall
  • Walwood Union Building
  • Speech and Hearing Building
  • Vandercook Hall
  • Waldo Stadium



Compiled by Patrick Jouppi, Kalamazoo Public Library Intern, July 2010



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