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
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 apperciation 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!
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
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