Item No: c090410
Title: Michigan Building
Additional Title: Michigan Building
"Michigan Staats Geb., Pavillon du Michigan."
On the north side of State Avenue, west of the Wisconsin Building and adjoining the headquarters of New Hampshire, is the very showy structure erected by the State of Michigan. In appearance, elaboration and detail, embellishment and ornamentation, it is as rich as any State structure upon the grounds. The house is Swiss in appearance and decoration, the outlines being broken up by bay-windows, verandas, porches and hanging galleries, with snug little piazzas and much open work. The central tower is an imposing feature, and strikingly illustrative of the most ornate characteristics of the architecture of Switzerland. The coloring is in happy contrast, and the general effect of the exterior is graceful and pleasing. The ground plan shows an area of about 50 x 65 feet. The idea has been to make this building in all respects illustrative of Michigan material and of Michigan workmanship. The brown-stone foundation comes from the Marquette quarries; the roofing slate is from Huron Bay, Lake Superior; the wainscoting in the reception-room is of highly-polished alabaster from the Grand Rapids quarries. The office of the governor of Michigan is ornamented with a mantel and side panelings of Michigan marble. The interior finish of other rooms is of native woods and polished marble and alabaster. The floors are laid with hardwoods of various kinds and patterns. The main staircase is spacious and handsome. The doors are of solid walnut and elaborately carved. The fitting up is of the finest character. The furniture is of Michigan woods, made by Michigan cabinet-makers. The walls are ornamented with pictures by Michigan artists. “Off Sleeping Bear Point, Lake Michigan,” a large and elegant painting by Robert Hopkins, occupies a prominent position. The interior is fitted up with offices, parlors, reception-rooms and other conveniences, and it is expected that the citizens of Michigan visiting the Exhibition will not omit a friendly call at the State headquarters building, and certainly, when they see it, they will all agree that they have something to be proud of.
1 lithograph; 12 x 22 cm.
Removed from: Centennial portfolio / Thompson Westcott. Philadelphia : T. Hunter, 1876.
The Building, situated in a landscaped field with trees. People stroll in the foreground. A fence and more trees are in the background.
Westcott, Thompson. Centennial portfolio.
Thomas Hunter, lithographer.