In 1981 a representative of the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) came to Marine City to analyze City Hall and do research on its history. An application was then written and submitted to the United States Secretary of the Interior requesting City Hall be added to the National Register of Historic Places. That application was granted and City Hall was placed on the Register in 1982. A copy of that application and the acceptance letter are on file with city government. A few people who know some of the history of City Hall are aware of its placement on the Register and Friends of City Hall makes a point to mention this honor wherever possible. But, there has never been an effort to memorialize this special status with any kind of sign or plaque. The general public and casual visitors to City Hall do not learn of this.
In 2008 Heritage Square and City Hall became the first Historic District in Marine City. However, no effort was made to erect an Historic District sign. Historic Districts are a matter of community pride in the history and culture of its past. Having an Historic District identifies a community as aware of its heritage and mindful of preserving it. Of course Friends of City Hall makes constant mention of the Historic District but a formal, permanent sign is truly what is required. Neither the federal government or state government pay for Registry plaques or Historic District signs.
To correct these oversights Friends of City Hall has started a fund raising campaign to purchase and install a bronze plaque on City Hall which will tell of its listing on the National Registry of Historic Places. In addition, a traditional Historic District sign will be purchased and installed to face the street. Bronze was chosen for its durability and lasting beauty. Both the plaque and the free standing sign will be illuminated at night.
If you agree that City Hall and Marine City needs and deserves this recognition please make a donation to Friends of City Hall to help fund this signage. Friends is a 501 (c) 3 corporation and all donations are tax deductible. Your gift of $10, $20 or more will be a big help in completing this project.
Please send your donation to: Friends of City Hall P.O. Box 283 Marine City, MI 48039
Please write 'Plaque' on the memo line of your check.
This is a sample that suggests how the finished plaque might appear.
An example of what other communities have done.
THANK YOU SO MUCH! We are very happy to announce that our original donation request has raised over $1,000 dollars! Yes, bronze is very expensive and we need several thousand more but this rapid initial response is very encouraging.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Cullen Anchor Inn Motel Gloria Biermann Mr. and Mrs. Jim Cottrell Miriam Guyor Frances Welser Mr. and Mrs. Billock Claire DeCoster Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wegmeyer Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hill Mr. and Mrs. George Roegner H. Carole Beauchamp Janice Wiltshire Amy F. Bouren Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hoerr Mr. and Mrs. Gary Beals Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lepley Donald Kuchers Fine Arts Models Community Pride and Heritage Museum Stephen Saph Mr. and Mrs. Ty Jobin
2017 Schedule of Meetings and Special Events
All meetings are held at Great Lakes Art and Antiques 123 N. Belle River Rd. immediately south of The Antique Warehouse
January 26 7:00 P.M. Annual Meeting February 23 7:00 P.M. Regular Meeting March 23 7:00 P.M. Regular Meeting April 27 7:00 P.M. Regular Meeting May 25 7:00 P.M. Regular Meeting June 22 7:00 P.M. Regular Meeting July Preparation and Mailing of 2018 Membershipp Drive details TBA July 27 7:00 P.M. Regular Meeting August 24 7:00 P.M. Regular Meeting September 9 10:00 A.M. Preparation Day at 300 Broadway for Heritage Days September 15 10:00 A.M Final set up at 300 Broadway for Heritage Days September 15 7:00 P.M. Heritage Days Opens with East China Community Band Concert September 16 10 ~ 6:00 P.M. Heritage Days September 17 10 ~ 6:00 P.M. Heritage Days September 28 7:00 P.M. Debriefing Meeting October 26 7:00 P.M. Regular Meeting October 28 3 ~ 6:00 P.M. Ghost Tours with the MCPD November Meeting will be held only if necessary December 7 7:00 P.M. Christmas meeting Please bring snacks and treats to share January 2018 7:00 P.M. Annual Meeting
The Michigan 15th knows how to make a staement.
The entrance to the encampment.
Heritage Days is an annual event celebrated the third weekend of September
The Governor and his wife attended.
Even the "not so famous" enjoyed the show.
To see more photos of the restoration process see the Restoration page.
South facade of City Hall with damaged bricks removed.
The Doyenne Begins to Reveal Her Secrets
Bit by bit, as the sealant is removed and the damaged brick taken away, the grand old gal is beginning to tell us fascinating snippets of her life story. The most surprising so far is what we are learning about the brick laying technology employed in her construction. Removing the outer layer of brick revealed no air gap/weeping space between the inner core of bricks and the skin. Instead, a very unique bonding method was employed. Where ever you see a row of darker, more reddish brick, it is the site of a clever technique for uniting the core to the skin, i.e. a bonding of two wythes (widths). Those darker red bricks are shaped to have a point jutting out the back. Bricks of the same course in the inner wythe are set in on a diagonal to form a v shape recieving gap. You can see a partial row of this "dog tooth" technique to the right of center in the photo. Just above you can see the end of a newly revealed iron restraining rod. This one was not decorated with an escutcheon (decorative face plate). To see more pictures of the restoration go the the Restoration page.
Friends of City Hall is a 501 (c) 3 corporation.
Friends of City Hall is an organization dedicated to preserving City Hall. "Friends" is a non-profit organization and has been granted 501 c 3 status. Anyone interested in architecture, its preservation and restoration, the history of Marine City or simply someone who loves this old building is encouraged to join.