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Hartwick Memorial Building

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1929, Ralph B. Herrick. MI 93, Hartwick Pines State Park, 7 miles northeast of Grayling
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

This rustic log building in the surrounding forest of towering virgin white pine is a memorial to Edward Edgar Hartwick (1871–1918) of Grayling, who died in military service in World War I. The building was given to the State of Michigan in 1927 by his wife, Karen B. Hartwick. Ralph B. Herrick prepared the plans for the building that resembles an early-twentieth-century Michigan hunting, fishing, and vacation lodge. The building was constructed by the Michigan Department of Conservation, now the Department of Natural Resources, of logs harvested in the Lovells area and transported along the Merz branch of the local logging railroad. A porch runs the full length of the west facade of the gable-roofed building. A huge stone fireplace stands in the open and balconied main room of the building. Lacking funds to rehabilitate the building to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, the DNR closed the building to visitors.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Hartwick Memorial Building", [Grayling, 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, 446-446.

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