“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Birmingham in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

City Hall

City Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 26, 2015
1. City Hall Marker
Inscription. City Hall was built in 1928 and housed the village and township offices, as well as, the fire and police departments. The tower was used for drying fire hoses until about 1950. It was also designed to accommodate a clock. A Civic Center plan, including a new city hall, park and library building was first conceived by Village President, Charles J. Shain, and Commissioners Charles A. Bingham and Samuel Oliver Wylie Bell. City Hall was designed by Burrowes & Eurich, a Detroit firm who also designed the library. The materials used in both buildings are similar and their designs complement each other. Groundbreaking began in January 1928. The building construction was completed within 10 months and the first Village Commission meeting was held in October of that year.
Location. 42° 32.744′ N, 83° 12.931′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is at the intersection of Martin Street and Pierce Street, on the right when traveling east on Martin Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 151 Martin Street, Birmingham MI 48009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Field Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Quarton Building (about
City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 26, 2015
2. City Hall
400 feet away); Billy McBride Building (about 400 feet away); Johnston-Shaw Building (about 400 feet away); Ford Building (about 500 feet away); The Erity-Nixon Building (about 500 feet away); Bell Building (about 500 feet away); The National Bank Building (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
More about this marker. Marker is just left of the main entrance.
Categories. Notable Buildings
<i>Municipal Building, Birmingham, Mich.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by Curteich, 1933
3. Municipal Building, Birmingham, Mich.
The postcard does confirm the marker's assertion that on the tower there was space provided for a clock. But it does raise the question - why then didn't they put a clock in the space provided there, as one would assume was intended.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 187 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   3. submitted on July 27, 2015. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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