Property: 369 W. Grand River Ave., Williamston
Owner: City of Williamston
Taxpayer: City of Williamston
If you’re like most of us, you’ll be using this special time of the year to reflect and renew. Start the New Year with a resolution to grow your appreciation for mid-Michigan architecture. Try devoting a morning or afternoon a month to observing and engaging with buildings that make up our built environment. Take a walk through your neighborhood, visit a historic district and/or choose a destination building such as a museum.
A nice start would be a visit to the Williamston Depot Museum. This museum delivers great regional architecture and history. Housed in the former 19th century depot, it features beautiful southern pine on the interior and gorgeous brackets supporting the eaves. Saved from demolition in the 1970s and relocated to its current location on West Grand River Avenue, the depot is a beauty and the perfect home for a museum that aims to foster and preserve history of the area, according to Andy Anderson, museum board member and Michigan Historical Museum docent.
Museums are fantastic — the ultimate package. From classical revival to contemporary minimalism and everything in between, they are great destination buildings that deliver first-class architecture outside and cultural experiences within.