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Property Name Lake Michigan Beach House, Ludington State Park
Reference Number 13000798
State Michigan
County Mason
Town Hamlin Township
Street Address 8800 W. M-116
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/30/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture, Social History
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The Lake Michigan Beach House meets national register criterion A as one of the largest building products of federal Depression-relief activities in Michigan's state parks during the 1930s, having been designed by a National Park Service architect, Ralph B. Herrick, working in Lansing, and built as part of a program of park developments undertaken by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers at Ludington State Park. The beach house meets criterion C as a fine example of Arts-and-Crafts-inspired design in the Michigan state parks and as a unique structure among Michigan state park structures built then or throughout the state park system's history for its use of recycled brick in the pressed mortar style of construction with the mortar joints left untrowelled and unstruck.


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Properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places under four criteria: A, B, C, and D. For information on what these criterion are and how they are applied, please see our Bulletin on How to Apply the National Register Criteria