The Haley Block Historical

The Haley Block Historical (HM1U3N)

Location: Manistee, MI 49660 Manistee County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 14.852', W 86° 19.484'

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The "Haley Block" was the last of a succession of buildings in this area beginning sometime prior to 1871. These buildings were built and rebuilt to house the Haley Sisters Millinery Shop. Five successive structures burned, the first being lost in the great fire of 1871. On January 1st, 1883, the shop at 419 River Street was damaged by fire along with eight other buildings. Fortunately, the building retained its facade through the blaze and the sisters were able to rebuild the store as it had been, an elaborate wood frame and brick veneer structure.
They also began construction of [a] similarly designed double business block directly west of their main store. Wisely, the new portion of the store at 421-423 River Street was constructed with walls of solid brick to lessen the impact of future fires. The sisters contracted with a Milwaukee firm to provide one ornate galvanized iron cornice for all three Italianate storefronts. The corniceline was, and today remains, Manistee's most elaborate.
The building was owned by the Haley family until the 1930's. The Haley's business was housed at 419 River Street. The initial tenant of 421 River Street was William Nungesser, an undertaker and furniture dealer. The 423 River Street segment initially was a grocery store operated by A.S. Haines. Numerous tenants subsequently occupied
the three shops including a grocery store, a drug store, a florist, the Railway Express Company, the Salvation Army headquarters, a restaurant, and a State Liquor Store.
The building was described as follows in the National Register nomination: "The Haley block is a fine example of High Victorian Italianate styling applied to a small-town commercial building. The two story brick building, measuring about sixty feet in width, is divided into three storefront bays, each with three double-hung, one-over-one sash balanced at the second floor level. The elaborate metal cornice over fine decorative brick corbelling presents a small name pediment at its center. Below the cornice of each bay is a narrow, raised wood decorative spandrel. Beaneath [sic] the windows rests a secondary cornice with decorative end blocks coinciding with the first floor's support piers. The storefronts are defined by these masonry piers and with Manistee-fabricated cast iron columns which frame each storefront door. A door leading to the upper story separates the west and center storefronts."
Year Built: 1883
Architect: Unknown
First Owner: Ellen, Eliza and Kate Haley
Builder: Unknown
Style: High Victorian Italianate
Address: 419, 421, 423 River Street
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HM NumberHM1U3N
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 553913 N 4899588
Decimal Degrees44.24753333, -86.32473333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 14.852', W 86° 19.484'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 14' 51.12" N, 86° 19' 29.04" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)231
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 425 River St, Manistee MI 49660, US
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