The Lenawee County Historical Museum and the W. G. Thompson House Museum have worked with photographers in Adrian and Hudson to document hidden architectural features of the second and third stories of downtown buildings. The new exhibit is called, "Hidden in Plain Sight: Architecture of Downtown."
"With the movement to bring apartments downtown some of the unique architectural features hidden in the upper floors of the buildings were being lost,” commented Thompson Museum curator Ray Lennard. The images showcase businesses past, apartments current and everything in between.
The exhibit opens on Friday, September 18 at the Lenawee County Historical Museum in Adrian and will run through February of 2016. The Thompson Museum in Hudson is hosting a similar exhibit featuring Hudson buildings during the same time frame. The exhibit is sponsored by the Lenawee County Conference and Visitors Bureau.
On Saturday at 1:00 p.m., Kara Lennard will be offering a historical architecture tour. The one hour tour will leave from the Adrian District Library and wander through downtown Adrian showcasing the architectural features of Adrian. The tour ends at the Museum in the exhibit.
Jeff Westover will be presenting, Ghost Highway, discussing his experiences investigating historic buildings/locations around the greater Irish Hills area, including Adrian's Croswell Opera House, the Clark Memorial Hall, the Lenawee Co. Historical Museum, Downs Hall at Adrian College as well as the Cambridge Junction Historic State Park (old Walker Tavern) and a couple of local private residences with interesting connections to local history. The presentation will be held on Saturday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the museum. There is no cost, and all are welcome to attend.
By Scott Westfall
Did You Know?
While Adrian has some remarkable history, most of these amazing facts are unknown to the average person. Due to this rich history combined with a lack of awareness, a group of local people are working to erect up to ten historical markers in downtown Adrian.
The goal of this group is to chronicle these noteworthy events with words and photographs, and place this historical information on tall, classy-looking, makers (see below). This group will completely rely on private donations for the funding of these beautiful markers.
Thank you for any consideration on this project.