Ann Arbor Trust Building


Ann Arbor Trust Building
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East Liberty St Looking East from 200 Block


East Liberty St Looking East from 200 Block

View of Liberty Street from Fourth Avenue

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ENVISIONED PLAZA: A plaza like this is envisioned for E. Liberty St. This sketch looks east toward the Burton Memorial Tower, at the point where Liberty and S. Fifth Ave. now intersect. An E. Liberty street-wide mall between Main and Division Sts. would lead into the plaza and unidentified special activities facilities. The above sketch is contained in "A Guide to Action-The Ann Arbor Central Area." The photo below is the area as it appears today.
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South University Ave


South University Ave
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Ann Arbor Press


Ann Arbor Press
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In heart of State St. business district, directly across from city parking structure: 65x132 ft., two-story brick building with full basement. Suitable for remodeling into retail stores, offices or combination. Shortage of business property in this area makes this a highly desirable investment. (advertisement)
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Shops along North University Ave


Shops along North University Ave
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444 South Main Street


444 South Main Street
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F.W. Woolworth Co. on Main Street


F.W. Woolworth Co. on Main Street
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Marchese Building on South Main St


Marchese Building on South Main St
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Bargain Days on State St


Bargain Days on State St
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Fair Weather Greets Art Lovers, Bargain Seekers: Fair weather greeted fair visitors this morning who looked over art work and sale items of merchants. Four art fairs and Summer Bargain Days have begun in the city. Books, records and sweatshirts are among items being offered on S. State Street (photo at left) while on Main Street (right), shirts and blouses caught the eyes of visitors. The Street, Fine Arts, Free and Sixth Invitational Michigan Art Fairs all opened this morning and will continue through Saturday. Bargain Days runs in connection with the fairs.
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Samuel P. Sturgis, Local Photographer Remembered

Celebrated Ann Arbor photographer Samuel Payne Sturgis passed away on March 11 (see obituary).

A graduate of the Rochester (New York) Institute of Technology, Mr. Sturgis served in the Naval Reserve as photo reconnaissance pilot on USS Bennington in the South Pacific, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals as a combat pilot, retiring in the early 1950's.

He joined the Dey Studio in Ann Arbor as a portrait photographer, earning "Michigan Photographer of the Year" Award from the Michigan Association of Professional Photographers in 1959. In 1962, he opened his own studio at 1112 South University, a space designed by local architect David Osler.

His extensive collection of antique photographs of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and surrounding areas, donated to the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, is available as the Sam Sturgis Photograph Collection. A few of these outstanding photographs are part of the Making of Ann Arbor collection and the Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit program.

Over the years, Mr. Sturgis's works have been widely exhibited and he has been active in community service. See Ann Arbor News articles.

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