Claire Allen

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Claire Allen
Born(1853-07-29)29 July 1853
Pontiac, Michigan, United States
Died22 December 1942(1942-12-22) (aged 89)
Jackson, Michigan, United States
Van Buren County Courthouse in Paw Paw, Michigan. More Images
Lee County Savings Bank in Fort Madison, Iowa More Images

Claire Allen (July 29, 1853 – December 22, 1942) was an American architect prominent in southern Michigan in the early twentieth century, and best known for designing several county courthouses. He was considered a "master regional architect".[1]

Allen moved to Jackson as a young man, and practiced architecture there for 52 years. He established the architectural firm of Claire Allen & Sons. Some 100 structures are attributed to him.[1] His firm designed numerous examples of American neoclassical architecture and colonial revival buildings in Michigan and Iowa, but had a range that encompassed Beaux-Arts Classical and Jacobean Revival style as well.[1]


Some buildings designed by Allen include:

Work Image Place Year Historic Map Notes
The Post Office Jackson, Michigan 1932 Map Now Consumers Energy's headquarters - Post Office History
Glazier Office Building Ann Arbor, Michigan Map
The Armory Building Ann Arbor, Michigan 1911 Map
Clock Tower Building Chelsea, Michigan 1907 State Registered Map
Glazier, George P., Memorial Building Chelsea, Michigan 1901-1902 State Registered Map Constructed to house the Chelsea Savings Bank
Methodist Episcopal Church Chelsea, Michigan 1899 Map First United Methodist Church - Church History
Welfare Building Chelsea, Michigan 1906 State Registered Map
First National Bank Corunna, Michigan 1903 State Registered Map Now called the Surbeck Building
Hudson Public Library Hudson, Michigan Map
Cascades Manor House Jackson, Michigan 1929 Map Cascades Manor House History
Jackson Friendly Home Jackson, Michigan 1908 Map Jackson Friendly Home History
Jackson Masonic Temple Jackson, Michigan 1908 City of Jackson Registered Map Currently being renovated for the Jackson School of the Arts - Masonic Temple History
The Ida Stiles Memorial Church Jackson, Michigan 1895 The Ida Stiles Memorial Church Article
Avon School District No. 5 Schoolhouse Rochester, Michigan 1889 State Registered Map
Hillsdale County Courthouse Hillsdale County, Michigan 1898-1899 National and State Registered Map
Gratiot County Courthouse Gratiot County, Michigan 1902 National and State Registered Map
Ionia County Courthouse Ionia County, Michigan 1885 National and State Registered Map Claire Allen was the contractor on this building
Jackson County Courthouse Jackson County, Michigan 1927-1928 City of Jackson Registered Map Courthouse History
Shiawassee County Courthouse Shiawassee County, Michigan 1903-1906 National and State Registered Map
Van Buren County Courthouse
Van Buren County, Michigan 1901 National and State Registered Map
Paw Paw Library Paw Paw, Michigan 1920 State Registered Map
Mendon Township Library St. Joseph County, Michigan 1905 State Registered Map
Berthold Rummler House Jackson, Michigan 1904 State Registered Map
Lake Odessa Depot Ionia County, Michigan 1889 State Registered Map Also known as Detroit, Lansing and Northern Railway Depot
The Rickman Hotel Kalamazoo, Michigan 1907-1908 National Registered Map
Lee County Savings Bank
Lee County Savings Bank.jpg
Fort Madison, Iowa Map Fort Madison Downtown Commercial Historic District
Clinton County Courthouse [2]
The Clinton County Courthouse.jpg
Clinton, Iowa 1892-1897 Map History



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  1. ^ a b c "Claire Allen: A Regional Architect Master Based in Jackson, Michigan". Michigan Historic Preservation Network. May 15, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e The wondrous works of Claire Allen, architect