EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A grand opening event has been held at Michigan State University for a newly designed plaza where 113-year-old Morrill Hall once stood.
People gathered Tuesday morning at Morrill Plaza.
Morrill Hall was demolished last year. It was built in 1899 and 1900. Nicknamed "The Coop," it once was a dormitory for female students and also housed home economics classrooms.
It was converted in the 1930s to classroom space and named for Justin S. Morrill, a former U.S. senator who pushed to establish land grant universities.
The East Lansing university says the plaza honors the Morrill Act, as well as the history of women and their role in the early years of the university.
Last year, the school's Agriculture Hall was renamed the Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture.