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Albion is fortunate to have a rich history and an abundance of historic buildings to prove it. Unfortunately, little is being done to protect these buildings from the twin ravages of time and weather. The only real protection for historic properties comes at the local level in the form of a historic district commission. Calhoun County, of which Albion is located in, produced the Calhoun County Historic Preservation Plan in 1975. In the City of Albion the “Report of the Historic District Study Committee” was completed in 1976 did recommend creating such a commission, and identified several buildings deserving to be protected. Unfortunately, no action was taken at that time. This report was followed up by the Albion Area Historical Architectural Survey. This identified far more historic buildings in the Albion area. Unfortunately, no action was taken to protect these buildings either.

Albion is fortunate to have a number of properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places and also on the State Register. This designation is purely honorary and has no impact on what may or may not be done with these properties.

National Register of Historic Places

Superior Street National Commercial Historic District
A.P. Gardner Mansion, Superior S 509
Eugene P. Robertson House, Clinton S 412

Several properties in Albion are also listed on the State Register. Again, this designation is purely honorary. Of these properties, several of them have large green and gold State Historical Markers.

State Register of Historic Places

First Home in Albion Informational Site
First Presbyterian Church, Porter E 305
Orlando C. Gale House, Mulberry W 220
Holy Ascension of Christ Orthodox Church, Austin 810
Riverside Cemetery Complex
Smith-Gillespie House, Michigan E 811
Home of Albion College
Albion College Astronomical Observatory
Home of Starr Commonwealth
Birthplace of Mother’s Day
Birthplace of Old Rugged Cross
Birthplace of Famed Song (Sweetheart of Sigma Chi)
Home of Gale Manufacturing Company

Historic preservation is an important tool for community stabilization and downtown revitalization in communities throughout the United States. Historic preservation has also been proven as one of the surest ways to generate sustainable economic development in communities of Albion’s size. As the years progress, it is hoped that a deeper appreciation of the history of Albion will be developed on the part of city leaders, college leaders, and residents. Once this happens then responsible action to protect the historic buildings that so powerfully define Albion is the next step. We hope to see that day!

Address Listed 1985 1976 1975
Clinton S 412 NR, SR 1985 1976 1975
Superior S 509 NR, SR 1985 1976 1975
Eaton N 300 Superior 1985 1976 1975
Erie E 106-108 Superior 1985 1976 1975
Erie E 110-112 Superior 1985 1976 1975
Erie W 108 Superior 1985 1976 1975
Erie W 119 Superior 1985 1976 1975
Superior S 601 Superior 1985 1976 1975
Michigan E 811 SR 1985 1976 1975
Mulberry W 220 SR 1985 1976 1975
Porter E 305 SR 1985 1976 1975
Austin 215 1985 1976 1975
Burr Oak 314 1985 1976 1975
Cedar 405 1985 1976 1975
Clinton N 713 1985 1976 1975
Clinton N 717 1985 1976 1975
Clinton N 719 1985 1976 1975
Eaton N 411 1985 1976 1975
Eaton N 511 1985 1976 1975
Erie E 404-406 1985 1976 1975
Erie E 412 1985 1976 1975
Erie E 416 1985 1976 1975
Erie E 513 1985 1976 1975
Erie E 600 1985 1976 1975
Erie W 106 1985 1976 1975
Hannah N 201 1985 1976 1975
Irwin 105 1985 1976 1975
Irwin 107 1985 1976 1975
Irwin 117 1985 1976 1975
Irwin 209 1985 1976 1975
Irwin 704 1985 1976 1975
Michigan E 314 1985 1976 1975
Michigan E 515 1985 1976 1975
Michigan E 518 1985 1976 1975
Michigan E 519 1985 1976 1975
Michigan E 700 1985 1976 1975
Michigan E 1106-1108 1985 1976 1975
Mulberry W 110 1985 1976 1975
Mulberry W 116 1985 1976 1975
Mulberry W 206 1985 1976 1975
Mulberry W 208 1985 1976 1975
Mulberry W 219 1985 1976 1975
Porter E 317 1985 1976 1975
Porter E 417 1985 1976 1975
Porter W 207 1985 1976 1975
Porter W 209 1985 1976 1975
Superior N 412 1985 1976 1975
Superior N 611 1985 1976 1975
Superior S 700 1985 1976 1975
Superior S 806 1985 1976 1975
Superior S 902 1985 1976 1975
Albion N 105 SR 1985 1976
Erie E 612 1985 1976
Erie W 308 1985 1976
Haven 808 1985 1976
Haven 906 1985 1976
Michigan E 803 1985 1976
Cass E 703 1985 1975
Eaton N 927 1985 1975
Erie E 303 1985 1975
Erie E 514 1985 1975
Erie W 214 1985 1975
Porter E 401 1985 1975
Cass W 112 Superior 1985
Center W 117-119 Superior 1985
Clinton S 300 Superior 1985
Superior N 307 Superior 1985
Superior S 110 Superior 1985
Superior S 201 Superior 1985
Superior S 204-206 Superior 1985
Superior S 207 Superior 1985
Superior S 223-225 Superior 1985
Superior S 303-307 Superior 1985
Superior S 313-317 Superior 1985
Superior S 314-318 Superior 1985
Superior S 400-402 Superior 1985
Superior S 501 Superior 1985
Albion College Observatory SR 1985
Austin 810 SR 1985
Riverside Cemetery SR 1985
27 Mile 13827 1985
29 Mile 10500 1985
Albion College Central Building 1985
Albion College Epworth Hall 1985
Albion College Gassette Library 1985
Albion College Kresge Gymnasium 1985
Albion College North Hall 1985
Albion College South Hall 1985
Albion College Stockwell Library 1985
Albion N 706 1985
Albion S 116 1985
Albion S 210 1985
Albion 29680 1985
Allen Place 407 1985
Allen Place 408 1985
Allen Place 410 1985
Allen Place 413 1985
Ash E 116 1985
Ash E 118 1985
Ash W 113 1985
Ash W 203 1985
Ash W 210 1985
Ash W 408 1985
Austin 112 1985
Austin 117 1985
Austin 120 1985
Austin 202 1985
Austin 212 1985
Austin 307 1985
Austin 407 1985
Austin 714 1985
Austin 802 1985
B Drive N 25769 1985
B Drive N 26104 1985
Berrien N 107-109 1985
Berrien N 110 1985
Berrien N 200 1985
Berrien N 712 1985
Berrien N 813 1985
Berrien N 819 1985
Berrien S 208-210 1985
Berrien S 302 1985
Bidwell 309 1985
Bidwell 311 1985
Bidwell 312 1985
Bidwell 401 1985
Brockway Place 421 1985
Burr Oak 311 1985
Burr Oak 315 1985
Burr Oak 503 1985
Burr Oak 601 1985
Burr Oak 810 1985
Burr Oak N 915 1985
C Drive N 29100 1985
C Drive N 29441 1985
Carson 902 1985
Cass E 113 1985
Cass E 214 1985
Cass E 315 1985
Cass E 320 1985
Cass E 416 1985
Cass E 419 1985
Cass E 503 1985
Cass E 507 1985
Cass W 223 1985
Cass W 225 1985
Center W 217 1985
Center W 218 1985
Center W 515 1985
Center W 609 1985
Chestnut E 106 1985
Chestnut E 113 1985
Chestnut E 114 1985
Chestnut E 120 1985
Chestnut W 211 1985
Chestnut W 309 1985
Chestnut W 311 1985
Clinton N 411 1985
Clinton N 509 1985
Clinton N 611 1985
Clinton N 708 1985
Clinton N 714 1985
Clinton S 408 1985
Clinton S 409 1985
Clinton S 413 1985
Clinton S 508 1985
Clinton S 510 1985
Colfax 205 1985
Colfax 209 1985
Colfax 211 1985
College Court 305 1985
College Court 313 1985
Crandall 306 1985
Crandall 406 1985
Crandall 503 1985
Crandall 506 1985
Crandall 509 1985
Dalrymple S 219 1985
Dalrymple S 221 1985
Darrow 412 1985
Darrow 416 1985
Division 25840 1985
Eaton N 507 1985
Eaton N 609 1985
Eaton N 707 1985
Eaton N 712 1985
Eaton N 719 1985
Eaton N 926 1985
Eaton S 1008 1985
Eaton S 1010 1985
Eaton N 1218 1985
Eaton S 105 1985
Eaton S 210-212 1985
Eaton S 902 1985
Elizabeth 410 1985
Elizabeth 413 1985
Elizabeth 415 1985
Elizabeth 417 1985
Elizabeth 419 1985
Elm E 115 1985
Elm E 117 1985
Erie E 1213 1985
Erie E 211 1985
Erie E 216 1985
Erie E 217 1985
Erie E 218 1985
Erie E 305 1985
Erie E 306 1985
Erie E 400 1985
Erie E 405 1985
Erie E 408 1985
Erie E 417 1985
Erie E 507 1985
Erie E 604 1985
Erie E 614 1985
Erie E 616 1985
Erie E 702 1985
Erie E 704 1985
Erie E 708 1985
Erie W 203 1985
Erie W 213 1985
Erie W 410 1985
Erie W 903 1985
Erie W 911 1985
Erie W 926 1985
Fitch 309-311 1985
Fitch 310 1985
Fitch 313 1985
Fitch 401 1985
Fitch 406 1985
Fitch 501 1985
Fitch 601 1985
Hall 922 1985
Hannah S 416 1985
Haven 910 1985
Huron N 204 1985
Huron N 408 1985
Ingham N 110 1985
Ionia N 505 1985
Ionia N 609 1985
Ionia N 705 1985
Ionia N 811 1985
Ionia N 904 1985
Ionia N 920 1985
Ionia N 921 1985
Ionia N 922 1985
Ionia S 400 1985
Irwin 102 1985
Irwin 103 1985
Irwin 110 1985
Irwin 205 1985
Irwin 305 1985
Irwin 307 1985
Irwin 314 1985
Irwin 318 1985
Irwin 401 1985
Irwin 505 1985
Irwin 510 1985
Irwin 606 1985
Irwin 612 1985
Irwin 830 1985
Irwin 899 1985
Jackson 1202 1985
Jackson 1207 1985
Lincoln 406 1985
Linden 304 1985
Linden 502 1985
Lombard 420 1985
Maple 809 1985
Maple 909 1985
Mechanic 317 1985
Mechanic 408 1985
Michigan E 206-208 1985
Michigan E 304 1985
Michigan E 311 1985
Michigan E 401 1985
Michigan E 410 1985
Michigan E 412 1985
Michigan E 416 1985
Michigan E 501 1985
Michigan E 705 1985
Michigan E 810 1985
Michigan E 1109 1985
Michigan E 1110 1985
Michigan E 1111 1985
Michigan E 1201 1985
Michigan E 1204 1985
Michigan E 1206 1985
Michigan E 1212 1985
Michigan 1314 1985
Michigan 1318 1985
Michigan 1433 1985
Michigan 1507 1985
Michigan 1544 1985
Michigan 1564 1985
Michigan (M99) 1781 1985
Michigan (M99) 1849 1985
Michigan (M99) 2005 1985
Michigan 25917 1985
Mingo N 310 1985
Mingo N 401 1985
Mingo S 109 1985
Mingo S 203 1985
Monroe N 802 1985
Monroe N 811 1985
Monroe N 925 1985
Monroe S 101 1985
Monroe S 202 1985
Mulberry E 111 1985
Mulberry W 114 1985
North E 210 1985
North E 212 1985
North W 110 1985
Oak E 307 1985
Oak W 111 1985
Oak W 112 1985
Oak W 213 1985
Park 111 1985
Park 202 1985
Park 204 1985
Pearl N 101 1985
Pearl N 102 1985
Pearl S 214 1985
Pearl S 219 1985
Pearl S 220 1985
Pearl S 222 1985
Pearl S 226 1985
Perry 1109 1985
Perry 1211 1985
Perry 305 1985
Perry 507 1985
Perry 712 1985
Pine E 105 1985
Pine E 109 1985
Pine E 115 1985
Pine E 201 1985
Pine E 209 1985
Pine E 218 1985
Pine E 306 1985
Pine E 309 1985
Pine W 110 1985
Pine W 113 1985
Porter E 307 1985
Porter E 402 1985
Porter E 405 1985
Porter E 406 1985
Porter E 409 1985
Porter E 414 1985
Porter E 502 1985
Porter E 1114 1985
Porter E 1217 1985
Porter W 214 1985
Porter W 218-220 1985
Prospect N 810 1985
Riverside Drive 1985
Starr Commonwealth Gladsome Cottage 1985
Starr Commonwealth Hillside 1985
Starr Commonwealth Newton Hall 1985
Superior N 404 1985
Superior N 409 1985
Superior N 411 1985
Superior N 501 1985
Superior N 504 1985
Superior N 506 1985
Superior N 702 1985
Superior N 708 1985
Superior N 714 1985
Superior N 802 1985
Superior N 808 1985
Superior N 818 1985
Superior N 903 1985
Superior N 905 1985
Superior N 913 1985
Superior N 920 1985
Superior S 1010 1985
Superior S 602 1985
Superior S 608 1985
Superior S 610 1985
Superior S 701 1985
Superior S 706 1985
Superior S 708 1985
Superior S 803 1985
Superior S 900 1985
Superior S 905 1985
Superior S 906 1985
Superior S 910 1985
Superior S 911 1985
Superior S 915 1985
Sydenham 1105 1985
Vine W 110 1985
Walnut W 115 1985
Washington 415 1985
Cass E 705 1976
Eaton N 512 1976
Erie W 102 1976
Erie W 212 1976
Erie W 303 1976
Haven 1976
Irwin 203 1976
Irwin 206 1976
Michigan E 516 1976
Porter E 412 1976
Porter E 508-510 1976
Cass E 107 Superior
Cass E 109-115 Superior
Cass E 123-125 Superior
Cass E 129-135 Superior
Cass E Bridge Superior
Cass W 111 Superior
Center W 111 Superior
Center W 200 Superior
Clinton N 200-210 Superior
Clinton N 301 Superior
Clinton S 107 Superior
Clinton S 212 Superior
Clinton S 305 Superior
Erie E 102-104 Superior
Erie E 115 Superior
Erie E 121 Superior
Erie St Brick Paving Superior
Erie W 109 Superior
Erie W 110-112 Superior
Erie W 114 Superior
Erie W 202 Superior
Market Place Superior
Market Place 201 Superior
Porter W 105 Superior
Porter W 108 Superior
Porter W 110 Superior
Porter W 113 Superior
Porter W 118 Superior
Porter W 125-127 Superior
Superior Brick Paving Superior
Superior N Bournelis Park Superior
Superior N Superior
Superior N 101-109 Superior
Superior N 111 Superior
Superior N 112-116 Superior
Superior N 113-115 Superior
Superior N 117 Superior
Superior N 119-127 Superior
Superior N 129-201 Superior
Superior N 203-207 Superior
Superior N 309 Superior
Superior N Bridge Superior
Superior S 100-102 Superior
Superior S 101-113 Superior
Superior S 104 Superior
Superior S 106-108 Superior
Superior S 112 Superior
Superior S 114 Superior
Superior S 115 Superior
Superior S 116 Superior
Superior S 117-119 Superior
Superior S 200-202 Superior
Superior S 203 Superior
Superior S 208 Superior
Superior S 210 Superior
Superior S 212 Superior
Superior S 213 Superior
Superior S 214-216 Superior
Superior S 215 Superior
Superior S 300-302 Superior
Superior S 301 Superior
Superior S 304 Superior
Superior S 306 Superior
Superior S 308 Superior
Superior S 309-311 Superior
Superior S 310-312 Superior
Superior S 401 Superior
Superior S 404-414 Superior
Superior S 415 Superior