Monday, March 16, 2015

A Little Bit of History

My Bike "Loretta" at The Elaine Apartments
This beautiful 8 story building started out in 1865 as a Chartered Bank #1533 by the USA Govt to the people of Jackson Michigan. It was 4 stories back then but was torn town in 1912 and the bank used the 1st floor while the remaining floors were used by doctors, dentists, lawyers and real-estate agents. In 1929 the bank merged and moved down the street and they leased the 1st floor to Albert Kantor who ran a fashionable womens clothing store called "The Elaine. In 1945 Albert bought the building and kicked the other businesses out and he occupied until 1967. In 1971 the building was converted to apartments . The buildings vestibule and lobby has Italian Botticino marble and bronze and terrazzo floors. During the 1929 crash Gov William Comstock mandated an 8 day banking holiday. After the holiday ended, the bank never reopened as the original bank.  This is Jimio saying *Ride for Fun*  *Ride for Health* and *Ride to Historic Places*