SAGINAW IS WORTH PHOTOGRAPHING - SEPTEMBER 20, 2020
You may wonder, who in the world purposely travels to Saginaw to photograph? The answer is...me! It may not be obvious at first why I would drive 2.5 hours to do so, but Saginaw has many architectural gems worth photographing.
We started our day at the currently abandoned Flint and Pere Marquette Union Station, also known as the Potter Street Station, with its location at the end of Potter Street. This image was captured with my drone, as I needed the height to capture the full length of the building. And, of course, with many old structures, it is purported to be haunted. If you have Amazon Prime, you can check out the documentary as part of your subscription. On the positive side, there is current hopes to gather funds to renovate the station.
My favorite part of the house was the "1886" embossed on a wooden scroll below the copper-covered dome.
The Wenzel House has a unique widows walk on the top of it.
This structure is the former Western Auto Building located on the corner of East Genesee Avenue at Weadock Street. This area was quite run down, with no renovation happening nearby.
Of course I cannot let a cool vintage sign go unphotographed. Found across the street from the Western Auto.
This bean elevator once owned by Michigan Bean Company is the largest in the US, that boasts the largest neon sign in the US as well. The Michigan Bean Co is no longer in this building, but they made the Jack Rabbit beans which featured their trademarked bunny on the package. Sadly, the elevator is in the middle of demolition.
We made efforts to drive aimlessly through neighborhoods, so we could capture scenes like this one, where the home's porch was completely overtaken with ivy.
As well as buildings that once housed local businesses.
There was so much more to photograph, but only so much daylight. On our way home, we took a detour and stopped at the Richard C. Burtis House located to the east of Saginaw, which is known as the "Wedding Cake" house. It is located in the middle of farmland, but worth the trip.