Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The James Foster House of Art
In 1913 James and Clarice Foster attached a modern addition to their Italianate home and rooming house and moved their "House of Art" store from its original location on the corner of Liberty and State. The addition "stands as peaceful and well-balanced as a Venetian palace," Foster wrote Emil Lorch, its designer and long-time head of the UM architecture program.
Foster's was the premier place to buy gifts and art objects. One patron recalled, "Everything was a treasure." The art included paintings, frames, Rookwood pottery, imported china and brass, statuettes, jewelry, and "rare odd things." Furniture was sold upstairs. A popular tearoom occupied the first floor of the old house.
After UM alumni had left town, many continued to make purchases from Foster's large mail order business. The store closed in 1941.
Sponsored by the Issa Family
We wish to thank the Ann Arbor community for its partnership over the years. Its embrace of cultural diversity and acceptance of change has guided our success. Through promotion of ideals of peace, family values and tolerance, we hope to contribute to a stronger,
Photos courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library and the Ann Arbor Community Foundation.
Erected by Ann Arbor Historical Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1913.
Location. 42° 16.778′ N, 83° 44.456′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is on South State Street north of East Liberty Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 222 South State Street, Ann Arbor MI 48104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ideation Building (a few steps from this marker); Town and Gown: Entertainment and Changing Culture (within shouting distance of this marker); Ann Arbor High School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Uptown Theaters (about 400 feet away); From Liveries to Taxis (about 400 feet away); FUMC's BSA Troop 4 (about 400 feet away); The University Expands (about 500 feet away); A Second Shopping District (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 19, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.