Bay City in Bay County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Center Avenue presents one of the most spectacular displays of late nineteenth and early twentieth century residential architecture in Michigan. Between 1870 and 1940 Bay City's prominent citizens favored Center Avenue as "the" place to live. Early in this period lumbermen built lavish residences. After 1900 lumbering declined and the city's economy diversified. Leaders in the sugar beet, coal, shipbuilding, and other industries built stylish homes that reflected their substantial fortunes. Local architects such as Pratt and Koeppe, Clark and Munger, and Philip Floeter designed many of the buildings. Monumental churches and other public structures, like the Masonic Temple, compliment the residences. Center Avenue is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Erected 2003 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center and State of Michigan. (Marker Number L2122.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Settlements & SettlersMichigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 43° 35.856′ N, 83° 53.042′ W. Marker is in Bay City, Michigan, in Bay County. Marker is at the intersection of Center Avenue (State Highway 25) and North Madison Avenue (State Highway 25), on the right when traveling east on Center Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 614 Center Ave, Bay City MI 48708, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bay County Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); US 13-inch Sea-Coast Mortar (about 300 feet away); Bay City Branch Library (about 300 feet away); George H. & Elva Shearer House (about 400 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 500 feet away); IX-inch Dahlgren SB Iron Shell Gun (about 500 feet away); Train Traffic Control Shack Informational Kiosk (about 700 feet away); Cross Country Connections (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bay City.
Also see . . . Center Avenue Neighborhood Association. Association website homepage (Submitted on August 30, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
1. Identical Marker, Different
An identical marker exists at two different locations. The second location is at the northwest corner of Center Avenue and Livingston Street (see marker 161001.
— Submitted November 27, 2020, by John Garman of Rochester Hills.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 1,029 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 3, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.