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CONSUMERS POWER COMPANY BUILDING
600 Federal Avenue

Site 3
Completed 1928
Architect: Albert Kahn, Detroit, Michigan

 

600 Federal:  Consumers Power Company BuildingConstructed as an office building and appliance showroom for the Consumers Power Company, this building was erected at the same time as the Bank of Saginaw that stood immediately to the East.  They were independent buildings; however, they  were by the same architect, Albert Kahn, and were intended to complement each other.

 

While Kahn is best known for factory and industrial buildings, he was comfortable and skilled in adapting and working in classical styles.  In the case of this building, he employed simple classical detailing on the limestone clad exterior; however, the interior hints at the source of renown as a designer of functional work places.  The offices on the second and third floors are carefully considered and designed - all have superb natural light and ventilation.  Although there is some trim and detailing related to the exterior style, their design is driven by convenience and comfort.

 

Closed in 1933 during the Depression, the Bank of Saginaw was remodeled in 1939 for Sears and Roebuck and demolished in the 1970s when the Police Station was constructed.  However, the Consumers Power Building was not altered.  Since Consumers Power left the building it has been used for various retail purposes and is currently vacant.

 

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

R.B. Palmer. Letter to Kahn, 11 July 1928. Albert Kahn Papers. Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Special Section. Saginaw Daily News. 18 April 1928. Section 2.