Fletcher Building


Building Name
Fletcher Building
Built in 1963, the 40,000 square-foot building houses the Autism Collaborative Center and EMU's Children's Institute. Originally an elementary school adjacent to the EMU Campus; EMU purchased the school from city of Ypsilanti in 2009 for $2.2 million. When fully operational, the program will be the only one in the state with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to assessment and the provision of a full range of interventions.
The EMU Children's Institute offers early childhood education for the children of EMU students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities. The Institute serves approximately 150 children ages 18 months to six years old. Originally, the Fletcher Building was known as Elizabeth Fletcher Elementary School housing grades Kindergarten through 5th.
Namesake Biography
Elizabeth Lambie Fletcher, b. 1847, was a prominent Ypsilanti figure who attended Michigan State Normal College, taught at Ypsilanti Seminary (forerunner to Ypsilanti High School), and served on the Ypsilanti School Board from 1910-1920. Prior to the naming of Fletcher School, it was originally known as Cornell Elementary School. Under the guise of the Ypsilanti School Board, the elementary school, and prior to being bought by EMU also served as New Directions Alternative Education.
Building Namesake
Elizabeth Fletcher
Year Constructed
Building Functions
The Autism Center, Children's Institute
Elizabeth Fletcher Elementary School, Cornell Elementary School
Architectural Style
Square Footage
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Item sets
Campus Buildings