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A note on W.E.N. Hunter

April 17, 2017

William E.N. Hunter of Detroit was the architect for numerous churches in Michigan (Upper and Lower), adjacent areas of Ontario, and as far as northern Indiana. There are likely others to be found. Many of them have this “Greek cross” Neo-Classical composition.

But while searching for other images for this group of buildings, I ran across a Pinterest© posting with the query whether the public library in Cadillac, Michigan had been adapted from an earlier church by Hunter. The exterior might lead one to believe that possibility:

Public Library Cadillac, MI

In fact, despite the dominant centrality of the design and its use (typical for Carnegie era libraries) of a central dome, Wikipedia© tells us that this was the work in 1906 of architects Scheurmann & Merriam.

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