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Property Name Saginaw County Fairgrounds Main Gate
Reference Number 14001045
State MI
County Saginaw
Town Saginaw
Street Address 2701 E. Genesee Ave.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/16/2014
Areas of Significance Entertainment/Recreation, Architecture
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This gate structure served as the main entry gate for the Saginaw County Fair from its construction in 1929 until the closing of these fairgrounds after the 2001 fair. Historically the street face of the fairgrounds, the gate today remains one of the only standing structures of the nearly three dozen buildings and structures at this large fairgrounds, which contained agricultural and other exhibit buildings, merchants' buildings, a grandstand and racetrack, food stands and farmers' market, a duck pond and picnic park, and other features. The gate, though modest in size, is notable for its fine Arts-and-Crafts-inspired architecture and as a unique and appealing product of a leading early twentieth-century Saginaw architectural firm, Cowles & Mutscheller, comprised of Clarence Cowles (1869-1935) and George Mutscheller (1882-1936).

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