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505 MILLARD
JEFFERSON APARTMENTS

Site 13
Designed 1922, Constructed 1926
Architect: Carl Macomber, Saginaw, Michigan

 

505 Millard - Jefferson ApartmentsLocated two blocks beyond the edge of the business district, the Jefferson Apartments were developed by the Saginaw Business and Professional Women’s Association.  Chartered in 1918 to “promote the interest of vocational women .... and to aid in every way possible any movement for the betterment of the community,” the organization purchased the site for the apartments in 1920. They promoted the construction of the apartments as “an aid to the housing problem in Saginaw and as a home for young business women.”   About 70 percent of the investors in the project were women. However, occupancy in the building was not limited to women.

 

With the main entrance facing Millard Street,  the four story building is  “U” shaped with a central light well.  Simple exterior walls are ornamented with classically inspired details.  Originally, the building had a cornice.  The building contains 41 apartments.

 

Map

 

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

 

Sources

“Apartments House Stock Plan.” Saginaw Courier Herald. 12 February 1922. 6.

“Saginaw Apartments Here Sold.” Saginaw News. 18 June 1949. 3.

Records of the Saginaw Business and Professional Women’s Association, 1917 - 1983.
Local History and Genealogy Collection, Hoyt Library