Historic Panel Recognizes Work for Preservation

News Staff Reporter

A historic house that was moved to a new site and a preserved railroad trestle were recognized with Special Merit Awards from Ann Arbor’s Historic District Commission Monday night.

“We want to celebrate preservation and recognize people who are doing a good job,” said Susan Wineberg, a member of the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission.

McKinley Associates was named for moving the 1848 Albert Polhemus House from a future construction site to 1528 Pontiac Trail last year.

Also recognized was the First Martin Corp., for preserving the railroad trestle, formerly a siding for the now-gone Staebler Coal Co. yard on Depot Street. When First Martin erected a new office building at 201 Depot St., it kept the trestle and added a 1950s coal car.

Awards were also given for other efforts to restore or preserve historic Ann Arbor buildings, including Liberty Lofts, which turned the former King-Seeley factory into a 68-unit condo development at 315 Second St.

The Kayser Block, a building at 209 N. Fourth Ave., was recognized as a notable rehabilitation effort. The structure is closely tied to the African-American community in Ann Arbor. It was entirely remodeled and now has stores on the street level and two apartments on the upper floors.

Three historic homes were recognized for rehabilitation work:

Kajuska House, 731 S. Seventh St., a typical German worker’s home built in 1885 by John Gustavus Kajuska.

Ulrich B. Phillips House, 1910 Hill St., designed in 1912 by Emil Lorch, dean of the University of Michigan Architecture School.

David Malloy House, 608 N. Main St., built in 1898 by an Ann Arbor harness shop owner.

The University Reformed Church was recognized for its work preserving the Edna Allen residence at 928 E. Ann St., which is used for the church’s outreach projects.

Owners of five houses were recognized for preserving their history, culture or architecture for 10 years or more:

George Groh House, 525 Cherry St., was built in 1892 for the family of a raroad car inspector.

Emma Lowrey House, 848 E. University Ave., an Arts and Crafts house built in 1912.

Keating House, 920 E. Ann St., built for the Keating family, whose descendants lived there until 1971.

Zimmerman House, 1503 Cambridge Road, built in 1902 and over the years, home for several U-M professors.

Wells Bennett House, 2045 Geddes Road, designed and built in 1953 by Bennett, then dean of the U-M School of Architecture.

Downtown Home and Garden, 210 S. Ashley St., and the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum both received centennial awards, given to businesses and organizations existing at least 100 years.

Marianne Rzepka can be reached at 734-994-6820 or mrzepka@annarbornews.com.

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