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Bay Street Cottages

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2004, Robert B. Sears of Sears Architects. North side of E. Bay St. at Zoll St.
  • (Photograph by Roger Funk)

On a tiny 1.25-acre site formerly occupied by a motel and a public beach stand the eighteen small, luxury, freestanding condominiums of Bay Street Cottages. They follow the principles of New Urbanism and “smart growth.” The developer, Robert Mossburg and the Cottage Company, located Bay Street Cottages close to downtown to avoid sprawl. They recycled materials from the demolished motel to satisfy green construction methods, planted 450 trees to compensate for new lumber used in construction, and donated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the condos to the Little Traverse Conservancy to purchase the conservation easement on a family farm north of Harbor Springs. Cottage exteriors are inspired by northern Michigan resort cottages with front porches and dormers; interiors feature everything upscale.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Bay Street Cottages", [Harbor Springs, 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, 409-409.

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