A Window to Midland’s Previous: One other view of The Larkin Block


One other view of The Larkin Block    

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For greater than 100 years, the Larkin Block has been one of many cornerstones of Midland’s downtown enterprise district.

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John Larkin, an early settler and distinguished lumberman, bought heaps on the northwest nook of McDonald and Major streets within the early 1880s, they had been situated throughout McDonald from the Larkin residence.

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It was Larkin’s unique intent to construct a two-story picket construction utilizing the bottom ground as the placement for “Larkin & Bradley, Normal Merchandise,” whereas leaving the second ground for skilled places of work. Nevertheless, by the point development commenced in early 1888, the construction had grown to a big three-story brick constructing.

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It was accomplished in 1892, for $25,000, and was deemed ”one of many most interesting buildings on this part of the state,” by the editor of the Midland Solar, Frank S. Burton. The whole frontage was 66 toes on Major Avenue by 100 toes on McDonald Avenue.


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The longer term enterprise of Larkin & Bradley didn’t show to be as long-lasting because the constructing. The early 1890s witnessed a extreme financial decline because the native lumber trade dwindled and lots of Major Avenue companies suffered accordingly. Larkin & Bradley ceased enterprise in 1894.

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John Larkin and his son-in-law Benjamin F. Bradley, each turned their consideration to different considerations. John Larkin tried to promote the block to the Midland County Commissioners for $9,000 to be used as a “new” courthouse, thereby creating an answer to each his personal growing monetary issues and the county’s determined want for house. This sale didn’t happen, nevertheless, and Larkin died in 1898, nonetheless possessing the constructing he seen as an enduring monument to Midland’s future progress.

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The Larkin Block’s facade was drastically altered within the 1920s and once more within the early 1950s. Right now, the construction homes a number of companies on the primary ground, skilled places of work on the second ground, and the Masonic Temple on the third ground.

Editor’s word: The Midland County Historic Society is partnering with the Midland Each day Information for a “Window to Midland’s Previous,” which is able to function historic items in print and on-line at ourmidland.com. This explicit piece was compiled by the Midland County Historic Society and initially revealed Oct. 1, 1992.

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