Another historic building in downtown Crystal Falls, Michigan.
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Mark Dvorak is a Chicago area folksinger and a great friend from way back. We were happy to see his name on the marquee of the historic Crystal Theater in Crystal Falls, along with Red Tail Ring, which has its roots in the area.
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Marquette County Courthouse, completed in 1904. On the National Register of Historic Places and featured in the movie Anatomy of a Murder.
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This is one of the many historic homes in the Iron River area that I went searching for because they were on the National Register of Historic Places but didn't have a photo in the wikicommons. It turned out to be much more difficult than I anticipated, since many of the addresses were in Stambaugh and Stambaugh doesn't exist anymore, having been incorporated into Iron River in 2000. Presumably to avoid duplicating names, many street names in Stambaugh were changed in the process. I would have been more successful if I'd known that and done a little more research on the changes before I set out! But this one was easy. Here's what the National Register says, "This house is two-story Prairie-style house with a massive segmental-arch front porch which extends to one side to form a porte cochere. The house was first owned by Joseph Harris, owner of the Harris Clothing Store in Iron River, which operated from about 1910 to about 1925."
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On the National Register of Historic Places. "The building, designed by architect David E. Anderson, was constructed in 1931 at the site of the Iron County Fair, which began in 1899. The building has a central, two-story octagonal section with single-story wings radiating outward. The building is perhaps the last of a series of polygonal county fair exhibition buildings built in Michigan, the first being built as early as 1860. The octagonal section of the Iron County Fair Exhibition Hall has a low pitched roof, clerestory windows, and a gable with a porthole window over the round-arched main entrance." It was pretty cool.
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