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Hancock City Hall (Hancock Town Hall and Fire Hall)

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Hancock Town Hall and Fire Hall
1898–1899, Charlton, Gilbert and Demar; 1985 restoration, Francis J. Rutz of Hitch Incorporated. 399 Quincy St.
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

The town and fire hall was constructed during the time when the local mining industry achieved one of its greatest periods of growth. It is built of evenly coursed, rock-faced, clear reddish-brown Portage Entry sandstone, in a manner reminiscent of H. H. Richardson. The two-story building has a square clock and hose drying tower at one side, above which was originally set a tall spire, and a broad-arched front window. Dutch and Flemish influence are evident in the stepped and curved front gable. The building housed the fire department on the first floor and the village offices and council chambers on the second. This solid town hall symbolized the stability, security, and permanence of Hancock in a region of many transitory and impermanent mining towns.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Hancock City Hall (Hancock Town Hall and Fire Hall)", [Hancock, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 477-477.

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