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Arvon Township Hall

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1915, Charles W. Maass. Lower Skanee Rd. and encircled by Park Rd.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

The Arvon Township Hall is one of a pair of two-story, wood-frame and shingled hipped-roof buildings with cupola designed by a Houghton architect and used by the people of Skanee for over ninety-five years. The broad-fronted, sunny Colonial Revival building has a central pedimented entrance pavilion in which is recessed a porch supported by square piers. Situated on Huron Bay, and named for the Swedish province of Skone, Skanee was a shipping and business center for the Huron Bay Iron and Slate Company in the 1870s and 1880s and for lumber companies. As Scandinavian fishermen and farmers prospered, it grew. The town hall has served township government with offices, kitchen, meeting hall, and assembly room. It is a companion piece to the Arvon Township School, with its cupola, built five years earlier (Skanee Road, 1 mile east of Town Road). Although now covered with aluminum siding, the school still holds four classrooms.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert



Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Arvon Township Hall", [Skanee, 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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