Sherman City Union Church

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sherman City Union Church
Sherman City Union Church
Sherman City Union Church is located in Michigan
Sherman City Union Church
Location 11429 W. Vernon Rd., Sherman City, Michigan
Coordinates 43°43′35″N 85°4′34″W / 43.72639°N 85.07611°W / 43.72639; -85.07611Coordinates: 43°43′35″N 85°4′34″W / 43.72639°N 85.07611°W / 43.72639; -85.07611
Area less than one acre
Built 1898
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 04000645[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 22, 2004
Designated MSHS August 3, 1979[2]

Sherman City Union Church is a historic church at 11429 West Vernon Road in Sherman City, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1979[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.[1]

History[edit]

Sherman City was platted in 1870 and boomed with the increase in local lumber trade.[3] The Sherman City Union Church was built in 1871 as the "Guard of American Revolution Hall." A tornado in 1878 leveled most of the town, but this building survived. In 1898, the building was refitted as a nondenomination church, and served in that function and as a social gathering place. Lumbering declined in the early 1900s, and the rown began declining. The church was abandoned in about 1960, but was rescued and refurbished in 1977-78 by local citizens.[3]

Description[edit]

The Sherman City Union Church is a 1-1/2 story frame structure covered with clapboard.[2] A two-story tower at the front has a pyramidal belfry and houses a double-door entrance. The sides have unusual triangular topped narrow windows, and pressed tin covers the interior walls and ceiling.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Sherman City Union Church". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Jack R. Westbrook (2008), Isabella County, 1859 - 2009, Arcadia Publishing, p. 34, ISBN 9780738561547