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United Methodist Church

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1879; 1951 church moved and clad in stone. 227 N. Main St.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

In 1951, after the operations at Henry Ford's (earlier Hebard's) sawmill declined, this Gothic Revival church, built originally in pine as the Union Church by Charles Hebard (1831–1902) at Pequaming, was moved from the forest to L'Anse. Here it was veneered with water-washed reddish-brown Lake Superior beach stone in a manner distinct to this locale and trimmed with red brick. This technique may be attributable in part to the skills of the craftsmen who resided in this area and who took advantage of the artistic possibilities of the abundant beach stones. Certainly it conveys their interest in the rocky land. The 150-seat, aisled interior remains unchanged. A house veneered with smooth water-washed and polished brownstone stands at 206 Broad Street. A motel, gas station and garage, fraternal hall, and the chimneys of many houses are clad with beach stone.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "United Methodist Church", [L'Anse, 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, 518-518.

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