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Crooked Tree Arts Center (Petoskey United Methodist Church)

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Petoskey United Methodist Church
1890; 1980 restoration, Richard A. Neumann with Quinn Evans. 461 E. Mitchell St.

Founded in 1971, the Crooked Tree Arts Center acquired the church in 1979 after the congregation moved to a new building. The center adapted the church for use as art galleries, a theater, and dance, art, and music studios. The exterior restoration with historic paint colors set a standard for historic preservation in Petoskey. The former church is linked by an addition for elevator and entrance stair to the former Carnegie Library (1908–1909, Williamson and Crow) that now holds community events. Nearby at 500 E. Mitchell Street is the Petoskey Public Library, the product of a renovation and addition in 2003–2004 to the former Michigan Bell Telephone Company Building by Jonathan Lee, Richard A. Neumann, and Nick White in a “Colonial Georgian with Mannerist tendencies.” The buildings form a superb cultural district that blends the old and new.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Kathryn Bishop Eckert

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