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Concrete Block Houses

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1923–1924, Elroy C. Bobolts. 707, 711, and 715 W. Washington Ave.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

Elroy C. Bobolts of the Besser Company prepared for Herman Besser rough sketches of these multiple houses, and two brothers from Bay City built them of Bes-Stone Split Block made by the Besser Manufacturing Company. The rock-faced concrete blocks were packed by hand, tipped up, cured, and then placed facedown in the wall. Brackets supporting the cornices of the flat roofs and the open-work pattern in which the blocks of the porches are laid give decoration to the flat-topped boxy bungalows. Windows are arranged in bands.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Concrete Block Houses", [Alpena, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 463-463.

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