You are here

Leslie City Hall (GAR Memorial Hall)

-A A +A
GAR Memorial Hall
1903, Joy and Barcroft. 107 E. Bellevue St.

C. W. Tufts, a former Leslie man, commissioned Joy and Barcroft of Detroit to design this memorial hall for the Grand Army of the Republic and the Woman's Relief Corps. The hall was built in the spirit of community cooperation: farmers hauled in fieldstones for the front wall; men volunteered their labor; townspeople fed the workers; and literary society and church women sponsored fund-raising events. When completed in 1903, the GAR's Dewey Post No. 60 deeded the hall to the village of Leslie. Large, round- and segmental-arched openings with stone headers pierce the cut fieldstone walls of the front (north) facade, which are skillfully laid in random courses. The east and south walls are composed of hollow concrete block formed at the site in molds and are pierced by tall, narrow rectangular windows with plain limestone lintels and sills. Altogether, this building illustrates the merging of a strong vernacular tradition with a strong civic pride.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


What's Nearby


Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Leslie City Hall (GAR Memorial Hall)", [Leslie, 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, 300-300.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,