Northern Michigan visitors and residents are invited to take advantage of a rare opportunity to tour seven private Bay View cottages and several historic buildings during Cottage Walk 2018. Bay View is a charming Victorian community on the shores of Little Traverse Bay and has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
Additional highlights of Bay View Cottage Walk 2018 include:
Bay View was founded in 1875 by Michigan Methodists as a camp meeting "for intellectual and scientific culture and the promotion of the cause of religion and morality." Soon thereafter, it became a part of the Chautauqua Movement, dedicated to bringing the four programs of Religion, Recreation, Education, and the Performing Arts to the public. Today, Bay View continues its programming excellence, providing Michigan visitors and residents the chance to explore these same four programs in a welcoming environment. Please scroll down to see pictures of the cottages and historic buildings you will visit on the day of the Cottage Walk.
Bay View Association Cottage Walk 2018 is a joint fundraising effort of the Bay View Woman's Council and Morning Council. Both groups work to sustain and enhance Bay View programming, activities, and facilities, all of which are open to the public.
Questions? Email us at CottageWalk2018@gmail.com
We invite you to return to Bay View on July 19 and join us for our annual Ice Cream Social and Small Works of Art Auction.
We hope you thoroughly enjoy this walking tour of Bay View's charming, historic community! Please be aware that Bay View is built on a gently rolling hillside overlooking Little Traverse Bay. **Due to their age and history, the buildings featured on tour are not handicapped-accessible.**
Each of the seven cottages on the tour has its own unique history and character. Below are some of the highlights. Click on each photo to view a larger version.
Originally built in 1877, this cottage's friendly elegance is showcased by the owner's simple, contemporary style, which perfectly complements the stunning view of Lake Michigan. Visitors might be surprised to learn that a needlepoint footstool inspired the decor and the unusual accent of orange throughout is a cheeky wink to casual lakeside living, perfect for the active young family that lives here.
This cottage is sponsored by Duran Building.
Amazingly, in 2002 the entire back section of the cottage was listing forward and was 8" out of plumb! A remodel managed to save the cottage and in the downstairs family room there is evidence of the 8" lean in a doorway. This family preserved the cottage using traditional materials and reclaimed hardware while also adding modern comforts and a guest level.
One of the fascinating aspects of Bay View is the variety of talents found in its residents. This talented cottage owner designs and builds furniture, which perfectly complements this charming 1899 cottage. From the welcoming whirly-gig at the front door to the barbecue cart at the end, it's obvious the handmade treasures set this cottage apart from the rest! This cottage was recently renovated by MGM Construction with careful attention to the period details.
This cottage may boast Bay View's only red and white checked floor! Cheerful touches of red tie the kitchen to the rest of the house. This cottage also offers a "peek of the bay" with a bit of contortion. The elegant cottage gardens and walkways make the outside as wonderful as the inside. The tower above was recently restored to its original glory by MGM Construction.
This cottage is sponsored by MGM Construction.
As a girl, this cottager grew up in her grandma's summer residence located directly behind this cottage. She always dreamed of living in this cottage! Drop ceilings were removed to reveal the beautiful open planking in the living room and dining room. Taupe and blue ceilings draw your attention upward. Hardwood floors throughout this cottage welcome sandy feet as this busy family returns from daily treks to the beach.
In 2002 this cottage needed foundation work, and during the process a large fireplace crumbled, leaving a convenient opening for the kitchen bar, and an addition completed the open concept floor plan. Blue and yellow are bright and welcoming colors which keep the living space feeling cohesive and perfectly fit this family's hospitable personality. Carefully incorporated original furniture and the owner's artistic touches with the added pieces result in a perfect blend of old and new.
The resulting building, Evelyn Hall, is currently considered one of the finest examples of Steamboat Victorian Architecture in the United States. It is a three-and-a-half story, asymmetrical building designed by F.X. Oliver of Flint, MI at a cost of $4,300.
The WCTU held meetings at Evelyn Hall for many years. It was also the site of the founding of the Michigan Federation of Women's Clubs. Many famous women leaders spoke here, including Frances Willard, Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, Mary Livermore, and Jane Adams. Throughout its history, Evelyn Hall has also been used as a tea room, art school, dance studio, chapel, Sunday school, lecture hall, costume studio, set design workshop, girls' dormitory for Albion College, and a cooking school where Irma Rombauer, author of Joy of Cooking, studied.
The Bay View Library was chartered in 1888, when various publishing houses collectively contributed 180 volumes as a nucleus for the new library. The location of the library changed several times until 1931, when the present library was built.
Today the library contains more than 9,000 titles. Every year, more than 200 new titles are added. The library was fully computerized in 1992 and is one of the largest libraries existing in a summer community.
The S. Pettengill Grocery Store first occupied this 1889 building. It continued as a grocery store under the various names Clyde Bear, Smith and Lake, and Crago Grocery Store until the 1960's. Then the Bay View recreation department used this building as the craft house for the Boys' and Girls' Club.
In 1993, this building was transformed into the Crouse Memorlal Chapel, a gift from Virginia Galvin Crouse. The Sacrament is celebrated here every Sunday morning during the summer months, and baptisms, memorial services, and small weddings also take place here. In the spring of 2012, the large stained-glass windows in the chancel were installed. They were designed and created by Shadetree Studio in Petoskey.
The Bay View Woman's Council and Morning Council proudly thank these Petoskey-area sponsors for supporting Bay View Cottage Walk 2018:
The Terrace Inn
McCune-Erhart Real Estate
To be an institution in which Christian values and traditions are central; To enrich the human experience for individuals and families within Bay View and the surrounding community through a seasonal program of religious, educational, cultural and recreational opportunities; to provide a Christian perspective in a changing world.
The Bay View Association is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.