stone slabs for sidewalks, 1880s


stone slabs for sidewalks, 1880s

In the 1880s John Baumgardner's crew unloaded stone slabs for sidewalks and carted them up to his stone works at Detroit and Catherine streets.

Frame location: on Broadway Bridge

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Miller's Planing Mill, 529 Detroit Street, 1874 (later the Treasure Mart)


Miller's Planing Mill, 529 Detroit Street, 1874 (later the Treasure Mart)

In 1869 John G. Miller built this large steam powered planing mill, which specialized in windows, doors, shutters, and gingerbread trim for the growing city. Detroit Street hummed with industrial activity that took advantage of the nearby railroad and lumberyards. Herman Krapf bought the mill in 1878 and ran it until 1905. Like Miller before him, he lived in the house on the left. E. J. Knowlton briefly rented space from Krapf to manufacture his nationally advertised collapsible "Universal Bath."

The automobile changed the neighborhood. A gas station replaced Schmidt's carriage factory at Detroit and Kingsley streets. At the Division Street end of the block, an auto dealership opened next to what had been the Ferguson Cart Company. In 1960 the Treasure Mart opened a consignment shop in the old mill. It was the first of many businesses that would become the Kerrytown shopping district.

Frame location: Corner of North Fifth Avenue and Detroit Street

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Baumgardner's Marble Works


Baumgardner's Marble Works

In 1890 John Baumgardner supplied cemetery monuments and building and paving stones from his shop on the northeast corner of Detroit and Catherine Streets. His stepfather, German immigrant Anton Eisele, opened a marble works to your right on this side of the street in 1868. Behind the works, Eisele built a brick home that still stands at 216 Catherine.

By the time of Eisele's death in 1887 the business had expanded across the street to include the brick Italianate building and additions seen below. Note the carved stone lintels on the building in this photo and on Eisele's house. The brick barn in the background still stands on the corner of Fifth and Catherine with an 1887 date in its front gable. Among the first in Ann Arbor to use electricity, Baumgardner changed the firm's name to the Ann Arbor Electric Granite Works, acclaimed for an "electric polishing machine that gives such a high, mirror-like finish to his work."

Frame location: In Sculpture Park, southeast corner of Fourth and Catherine, facing northeast down Detroit Street

Collection info: OAAT-2, p48

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Constructing Artist Booths at the Street Art Fair, ca. 1980s


Constructing Artist Booths at the Street Art Fair, ca. 1980s

On verso: Milt Moore, owner of Ulrich's Bookstore & a high school student construct artist's booth for the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair on S. & E. University Avenues.

Photo credit: Brunvand Assoc. Inc., 2051 S. State Rd., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

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E.E. Kurtz Construction, 1972


E.E. Kurtz Construction, 1972
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Kitchell Contractors, Inc., 1971


Kitchell Contractors, Inc., 1971
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Argus Incorporated, 1972


Argus Incorporated, 1972
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Contemporary Structures, Inc., 1970


Contemporary Structures, Inc., 1970
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First Martin Corp., 1976


First Martin Corp., 1976
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Mathews-Phillips, Inc., 1972


Mathews-Phillips, Inc., 1972
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