Elk Rapids Township Hall
Elk Rapids Township Hall
|Location||401 River Street
Elk Rapids, Michigan
|Area||0.3 acres (0.12 ha)|
|NRHP Reference #||77000709|
|Added to NRHP||September 22, 1977|
|Designated MSHS||November 15, 1973|
The Elk Rapids Township Hall is a government building located on River Street in Elk Rapids, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1973 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
The site of the Township Hall is near the location that Abram Wadsworth, the first white settler in the area, lived. By the 1880s, Elk Rapids was a prosperous community that needed a permanent meeting place. The Township Hall was constructed in 1883 from a design by local architect Charles Peale. From the beginning, it was designed to serve both governmental and social functions, housing the town government and containing performance space. The hall hosted plays and vaudeville performances, and in the 1940s it was used as a school gymnasium and auditorium.
In the 1950s, demolition of the Township Hall was discussed, but voted down. In 1967, demolition was again discussed, but by 1972, the decision had been made to restore it. In 1974, the Elk Rapids Area Historical Society purchased the building and began a restoration program. In 2004, the township office moved out of the building. In 2009, the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall Association (HERTHA) was formed to operate and maintain the building. It serves as a performance space and is available for rental.
The Elk Rapids Township Hall is a rectangular, single-story structure, constructed of buff-colored brick with a mansard roof. It measures approximately 38 feet (12 m) by 100 feet (30 m), topped by a mansard roof. The entrance is reached through a modern rectangular vestibule addition. The side walls have round-arch windows with stepped buttress piers. Inside, the auditorium seats approximately 600 guests, with the stage retaining its early twentieth-century valley scene.
- Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Elk Rapids Township Hall". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
- "The Town Hall". Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall Association. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
- "Hall Rental". Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall Association. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
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