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201 North Place (Cadillac City Hall and Fire Station)
The large but restrained Richardsonian Romanesque municipal building was constructed during a period of optimistic city growth. Previously the city owned only a firehouse on Cass Street, and its offices were scattered throughout town in rented quarters. The city council wanted to consolidate all city offices and its own chambers under one roof. Williamson (1865–1927) of Grand Rapids drew plans for a building that would “meet the public needs of an enterprising Michigan municipality.” The broad-fronted rectangular structure has a round-arched entrance set in a gabled pavilion flanked by pyramidal-roofed piers. Round-arched doors on the east facade mark the entrances to the fire station. The building is clad is smooth-faced gray stone above a foundation of rock-faced stone. An ornamental wood staircase connects the first, second, and third floors. The building has been rehabilitated for commercial use.
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