An invitation to explore the architecture of South Jefferson
Since the early 1850s, South Jefferson Avenue has been an important and vital center of the community - a place of outstanding architecture and vibrant institutions. Hoyt Library, the Castle Museum and churches are joined by residences and businesses to form a uniquely urban place. Chronicling Saginaw’s history, the buildings include works by locally prominent and nationally important designers. Not every building is restored; however, every building tells a story.
This tour has two parts. An interactive map with essays and historic photographs that leads you through the stories of twenty-three sites and their designers. The second part is a printer-friendly map and walking companion. The walking companion contains concise, basic information about each of the sites - perfect to carry with you as you explore the buildings of South Jefferson. (You may print any of the essays. However, some photographs cannot be printed).
South Jefferson Avenue has great buildings and they house fantastic historical collections. It is the place you go to learn about your community and its history. The research for this tour used materials from Hoyt Library and the collections of the Historical Society of Saginaw County. Almost all of the historical photographs and drawings that appear on this site are from the collections of Hoyt Library and the Historical Society of Saginaw County.
NOTE: Please respect the privacy of building owners and remain on the public sidewalks. Hoyt Library and the Castle Museum are open to the public during their regular business hours. Hours and viewing policies for churches vary. The privacy of homeowners and businesses should be respected.
Click on Points of Interest menu or Map menu to view related information and photos.
Music provided by The Saucecats, performers at the 2008 Jazz on Jefferson Event.