Claire Allen

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This article is about the Michigan architect. For the cornetist, see Claire Allen (musician).
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Claire Allen (Born July 29, 1853 in Pontiac, Michigan, USA – Died December 22, 1942 in Jackson, Michigan, USA) was a prominent southern Michigan architect of the early twentieth century. He was head of the firm of Claire Allen & Sons and had practiced architecture in Jackson for 52 years.

When Allen was younger he was a contractor and builder, working on such things as the Ionia County Court House, a school in Dexter, Michigan, and many houses and buildings in Belding and Ionia, as well as the Belding Brothers silk Mills. Some of the county courthouses Allen created are great examples of the American neoclassical architecture style. He also created many buildings in the colonial revival style.


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 used by Vermeulens Furniture as show room space - 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 [1]
The Clinton County Courthouse.jpg
Clinton, Iowa 1892-1897 Map History



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