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Property Name Lower Trout Lake Bathhouse Complex and Contact Station
Reference Number 13000670
State Michigan
County Oakland
Town Orion Township
Street Address Bald Mountain Recreation Area Entrance Drive, Bald Mountain Recreation Area
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/3/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000670.pdf
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The Lower Trout Lake Bathhouse Complex and Contact Station are significant under national register criteria A and C as Modernist structures unique within the Michigan state park system and inspired by the Modern architecture of the National Park Service's nationwide Mission 66 program. The buildings were designed by world renowned architect Gunnar Birkerts who is known for his high-style Modern structures. The Lower Trout Lake Bathhouse Complex and Contact Station's structures are examples of two complementary forms of Mid-Century Modern design: one, a style ofpark building known as Park Service Modern, made popular by the National Park Service and the Mission 66 program architects, the other, the distinctive architectural style produced by Gunnar Birkerts at the time, during the beginning of the busiest point in his career. The buildings are less than fifty years old, yet because of their unique design, association with a nation-wide program, and design by a master architect; they are eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places at the State level.

 

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