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Bay City in Bay County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Center Avenue

 
 
Center Avenue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 16, 2010
1. Center Avenue Marker
Inscription. 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.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
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
Center Avenue Marker - Far image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 16, 2010
2. Center Avenue Marker - Far
when traveling east on Center Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 614 Center Avenue, Bay City MI 48708, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Presbyterian Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trinity Church/Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles B. & Georgiana (McGraw) Curtiss House (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Ten Hours or No Sawdust" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Theodore H. Roethke Childhood Home / Theodore H. Roethke (approx. 13.7 miles away).
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Masonic Temple image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 16, 2010
3. Masonic Temple
Historic Center Avenue House image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 16, 2010
4. Historic Center Avenue House
Historic Center Avenue House image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 16, 2010
5. Historic Center Avenue House
Historic Center Avenue House image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 16, 2010
6. Historic Center Avenue House
Historic Center Avenue House image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 16, 2010
7. Historic Center Avenue House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 848 times since then and 39 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.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Submission of identical marker located at Center Avenue and Livingston Street. • Can you help?
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