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Hulbert Tahquamenon United Methodist Church (Hulbert Methodist Chapel/Hulbert Tahquamenon Chapel)

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Hulbert Methodist Chapel/Hulbert Tahquamenon Chapel
1935, Sundt and Wenner. 10505 S. Maple St.

At the tiny lumbering town of Hulbert, near Tahquamenon Falls, is a rustic log community chapel and hall built with funds granted by the Public Works Administration (PWA) and donated from local businesses and outside companies. The simple gable-roofed building is made of native spruce logs, now stained reddish-brown, and rests on a beach-stone foundation. Its chimney, which serves also as a bell-cote, is constructed of Lake Superior beach stones gathered at Bay Mills and laid in even courses with each large stone encircled by a band of small stones. The interior has a chancel at one end and a stage with a fireplace at the other. Reversible seats manufactured by the Manitowoc Church Furniture Company of Waukesha, Wisconsin, orient the audience toward one end when used as a house of worship, or toward the other when used as a lecture hall or theater. The pulpit rests on a log stand. The log walls and knotty pine interior celebrate the forest. Stained glass memorial windows are green, turquoise, gold, purple, and red. Alvin C. Doten of Newberry, the Methodist minister who then served ten or more churches and missions in the far-flung communities of the eastern Upper Peninsula, led the campaign to raise funds for the “Little Church in the Big UP.” The Methodist Bureau of Church Architecture worked out the plans.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert



Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Hulbert Tahquamenon United Methodist Church (Hulbert Methodist Chapel/Hulbert Tahquamenon Chapel)", [Hulbert, 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, 558-558.

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