Gregory Block, ca. 1868


Gregory Block, ca. 1868

By the late 1870s, Ann Arbor was a thriving and prosperous business center. The streets facing Courthouse Square contained some of the town's grandest commercial buildings. Originally, the northwest corner of Main and Huron was the site of a small, two-story, log block house built by town founder John Allen in 1824. Later expanded and painted bright red, Allen's former home was called "Bloody Corners." It housed a tavern, inn, and store before being replaced by Ann Arbor's first large hotel, the "Franklin House." The imposing Gregory Block was built on this site in 1862. For over a century it provided space for a wide variety of establishments, including a hotel, banks, bars, bookstores, a post office, and Municipal Court offices. It became known as the Masonic Block when Masonic lodges occupied the second and third floors from 1885 to 1926. By the time of its destruction in a 1971 fire, the Gregory Block's rich architectural details had been hidden under a façade of blue and white metal panels. The present building was constructed in 1986.

Frame location: On Main and NE Corner of Huron

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Municipal Court Building (NW corner Main and Huron)


Municipal Court Building (NW corner Main and Huron)

Municipal Building on Fire, night of November 9-10, 1971.

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Municipal Court Building (NW corner Main and Huron)


Municipal Court Building (NW corner Main and Huron)

Municipal Building on Fire during night of November 9-10, 1971.

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Municipal Court Building (NW corner Main and Huron)


Municipal Court Building (NW corner Main and Huron)

Municipal Building on Fire during night of November 9-10, 1971.

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Municipal Court Building (NW corner Main and Huron)


Municipal Court Building (NW corner Main and Huron)

Fire-damaged Municipal Building

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Municipal Court Building (NW corner Main and Huron)


Municipal Court Building (NW corner Main and Huron)

Fire-damaged Municipal Building

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Fire-Damaged Building As Seen From Atop The Hotel Sheraton
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Fire-Damaged Municipal Court Building Being Demolished


Fire-Damaged Municipal Court Building Being Demolished
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Court Building Crumbles: Mid-American Wrecking Corp.'s crane has arrived on the scene to help with the demolition of the fire-damaged and vacant Municipal Court Building at 104 to 112 W. Huron. The contractor hopes to have the work finished by Christmas, weather and other conditions permitting. Until then, barricades will prevent pedestrians from walking in the area and the south-bound land of the 100 block of Main Street and the west-bound lane of the 100 block of W. Huron Street will be closed to traffic periodically. No plans have been announced for the site.
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Fire-Damaged Municipal Court Building Being Demolished


Fire-Damaged Municipal Court Building Being Demolished
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Fire-Damaged Municipal Court Building Being Demolished


Fire-Damaged Municipal Court Building Being Demolished
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Fire-Damaged Municipal Court Building


Fire-Damaged Municipal Court Building
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Fire-Damaged Court Building at Corner of Main and Huron
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