Favorite thing: Another historic structure in Alpena's Government Square is the Depression-era Federal Building. It now houses regional offices for the Coast Guard, as well as facilities for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
"Located on the Government Square, City Hall remains one of Alpena's most prominent structures. In 1904, when the city council chose to construct the building of Bedford (Indiana) limestone or concrete from Alpena's blossoming cement industry, many people objected. Bay City architects Clark and Munger designed City Hall in the Georgian Revival style. Since its completion in 1908, City Hall has been the center of civic activity in Alpena. A cupola crowned the structure until the 1950s. City Hall represents the work of several Alpena craftsmen. Local contractor Richard Collins supervised construction, and the Northern Planing Mill and A.B. Crow did the carpentry and marble work respectively."
(from the Historical Marker nearby)
Favorite thing: Relatively speaking, Alpena was more prosperous in 1920 than it is today. The industrial and logging wealth of northern Michigan allowed for the construction of numerous middle and upper-middle class homes in the community. Fortunatly, a number have been well-maintained, and occasionally the community offers home and garden tours of several of them.