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Rehabilitation of the former Crapo Building into The Legacy, Bay City
The Crapo Building opened in 1890 on a prominent corner in downtown Bay City. Seventy years later, the building was modernized by installing a midcentury modern metal screen over the upper brick in the fashion of the time. When the bank vacated the building in 2013, these layers of history stood silently by, waiting to see what would happen next.
New owner 213 Development LLC removed a few pieces of the metal screen to uncover the ornate brickwork and original windows beneath, which was largely intact, and in good condition. The mixed-use rehabilitation was extensive after the exterior metal skin was removed. The underlying masonry required a full restoration, and a new lower façade made of glass fiber-reinforced concrete panels recreated the original design based on historic photos. Interior work included all new mechanical systems, floorplans, and the construction of residential units along with restored tin ceilings, refinished historic doors, and the adaptive reuse of two bank vaults.
Employing Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits and the resources of the Michigan Community Revitalization Program, this project represents a total investment of $12 million. Transformed into The Legacy, the project has introduced new residents to the downtown, is a home for three small businesses, and has reactivated a prime downtown corner.
The Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation recognize standout projects across both peninsulas, exemplifying the collaboration and deep impact preservation can have in Michigan communities. Congratulations to 213 Development LLC; Quinn Evans Architects; and Spence Brothers Construction on your 2022 Governor's Award for Historic Preservation!