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Shale Building

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1895, Charles W. Maass. 601 1st St.
  • (Photograph by Roger Funk)
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)

The large, rambling, three-story, light yellowish-white brick building is trimmed with red Portage Entry sandstone and enlivened with bays, a conical-roofed corner turret, and ornamental brickwork. It held offices and a first-floor saloon. The Menominee Democrat for November 1895 called the building “one of the handsomest in the city, occupying as it does, the most prominent corner in the business center.” Visible for miles offshore, it is a landmark for ships bound for Menominee's harbor.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Shale Building", [Menominee, 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, 540-540.

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