An invitation to explore the architecture of South Jefferson

Since the early 1850s, South Jefferson Avenue has been an important and vital center of the community - a place of outstanding architecture and vibrant institutions.  Hoyt Library, the Castle Museum and churches are joined by residences and businesses to form a uniquely urban place. Chronicling Saginaw’s history, the buildings include works by locally prominent and nationally important designers.  Not every building is restored; however, every building tells a story. 


This tour has two parts. An interactive map with essays and historic photographs that leads you through the stories of  twenty-three sites and their designers.  The second part is a printer-friendly map and walking companion.  The walking companion contains concise, basic information about each of the sites - perfect to carry with you as you explore the buildings of South Jefferson.  (You may print any of the essays.  However, some photographs cannot be printed).


South Jefferson Avenue has great buildings and they house fantastic historical collections. It is the place you go to learn about your community and its history.  The research for this tour used materials from Hoyt Library and the collections of the Historical Society of Saginaw County.  Almost all of the historical photographs and drawings that appear on this site are from the collections of  Hoyt Library and the Historical Society of Saginaw County.


NOTE: Please respect the privacy of building owners and remain on the public sidewalks. Hoyt Library and the Castle Museum are open to the public during their regular business hours. Hours and viewing policies for churches vary.  The privacy of homeowners and businesses should be respected.



Rollover map of Historic South Jefferson Walking Tour 100 South Jefferson Avenue 403 South Jefferson - Dow House (This is connected to the First Congregational Church) Jeffers Park 403 South Jefferson - First Congregational Church 600 Federal Avenue 500 Federal Avenue - Castle Museum 505 Janes Avenue - Hoyt Library 303 Jefferson Avenue 310 South Jefferson Avenue 321 South Jefferson Avenue 523 Hayden 411 Hayden 505 Millard 503 South Jeffferson 508 South Jefferson 523 South Jefferson 505 Thompson 518 Thompson 604 South Jefferson 614 South Jefferson 615 South Jefferson St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral South Jefferson and Hoyt - Location of the fire of 1893

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Music provided by The Saucecats, performers at the 2008 Jazz on Jefferson Event.