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Dearborn City Hall Complex / Orville L. Hubbard

 
 
Dearborn City Hall Complex / Orville L. Hubbard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 14, 2015
1. Dearborn City Hall Complex / Orville L. Hubbard Marker
Inscription.
Dearborn Town Hall Complex

This municipal building opened on June 26, 1922, as the seat of government for the Village of Springwells, which became a city in 1924, and in 1925 was renamed Fordson (for Henry and Edsel Ford). After Fordson consolidated with Dearborn in 1929, this structure became the center of municipal activities for the expanded city of Dearborn. Originally the two-and-a-half-story Georgian Revival structure housed all of the city departments. Included in the complex were a police and court facility, a communications center, a fire station and a maintenance garage. On May 23, 1981, the city dedicated a new addition, which linked the original building to the new quarters for the council chambers and the clerk's and treasurer's offices. The complex is now known as Town Hall.

Orville L. Hubbard

Orville Liscum Hubbard, LL.B. (1903-1982), was mayor of Dearborn from 1942 to 1978. Born near Union City, Hubbard enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1922. He graduated from Detroit College of Law in 1932. Settling in Dearborn in 1929, he ran unsuccessfully for public office for ten years before becoming mayor. Often working twelve or more hours a day, Hubbard was an effective administrator who payed close attention to small details and the public's opinion.
Dearborn City Hall Complex / Orville L. Hubbard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 14, 2015
2. Dearborn City Hall Complex / Orville L. Hubbard Marker
He made Dearborn known for punctual trash collection, speedy snow removal, Florida retirement facilities and a free recreational area, Camp Dearborn. Hubbard died in 1982, almost five years after his fifteenth term as Dearborn's mayor. At the time of his death, his administration was noted as having been one of the longest of any full-time U.S. mayor.
 
Erected 1984 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L1152.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 19.302′ N, 83° 10.619′ W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Michigan Avenue (U.S. 12) and Neckel Street, on the right when traveling east on Michigan Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13615 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn MI 48126, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dearborn City Hall (a few steps from this marker); The Schaefer Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Neighborhood (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fordson High School
Dearborn Town Hall image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 14, 2015
3. Dearborn Town Hall
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Henry Ford Birthplace (approx. one mile away); Ford Rouge Plant (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Ford Rouge Plant (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ford and Dearborn (approx. 1.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dearborn.
 
Also see . . .  City Hall Artspace Lofts. Dearborn's Town Hall moved to the Dearborn Administrative Center, located at 16901 Michigan Ave. -- approximately 1.6 miles west. The old Town Hall complex is being remodeled into City Hall Artspace Lofts, expected to open sometime in 2015. (Submitted on July 14, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
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Statue of Orville L. Hubbard at Dearborn Town Hall Complex image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 14, 2015
4. Statue of Orville L. Hubbard at Dearborn Town Hall Complex
Note: The statue was taken down in September 2015 (http://on.freep.com/2abt5BS).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 14, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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