St. Paul's Episcopal Church (1884)
St. Paul's Episcopal is a nice example of the simplified American Gothic style of the late 19th century. It was constructed during the boom years of the 1880s when Elk Rapids was a thriving center of the lumber industry.
403 Traverse Street
Pleasant Small Town on Grand Traverse Bay
"Small town Michigan"
"Designed by Charles H. Pealse and built in 1883 near the side where the earliest white settler, Abram Wadsworth, had lived, the Elk Rapids Township Hall has served as a social and political center for over ninety years. Largely due to lumbering and related industries, the village was the most important economic force in the area. Located on Grand Traverse Bay, the prosperous community needed a permanent meeting place. Thus this hall was erected and has hosted theatrical, patriotic, school and township activities."
[from the nearby historical marker]
An interesting highlight of Elk Rapids is the beautiful public library, which is located in a historic home overlooking the lakefront! And it's on an island, too!
For more information, read the history of "The Island House Library" in the tip I created for the place. It's in the "general" section.
"I live here."
Elk Rapids is a great little town in Northwestern lower Michigan. We've got great beaches and a nice small town atmosphere.
I live here. email me if you have a question about our town.
Harbor Days is our annual festival and is usuall the first weekend in August. The fireworks are spectacular.