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512 Phoenix Street
South Haven, MI

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This historic building has been home to the Macdonald Drug Store since 1885 when it was known as Abell’s Friendly Pharmacy. In the early 1960’s the building was covered with a modern expanded metal façade. The beauty of the original building has not graced the city street scape for 45 years. Her unveiling has been completed.

Paint has been removed from the brick. The entire façade has been cleaned and tuck pointed. Damaged brick has been replaced and new limestone window sills have been installed.

The original zinc frieze panel at the top of the building is in very good condition, requiring only minor repairs and a new paint application.

In 1945, a fire destroyed the interior of the building. Nothing remains of the original storefront. Century Restoration designed a new storefront which is reminiscent of the original construction. Wood columns have been used to mimic the historic iron columns. A wood paneled lower bulkhead wall has been added and new glazing has been installed. A new storefront cornice detail caps the new awning. Patterned hexagonal ceramic tile has been used in the entry. Custom made oak entry doors finish off the new storefront.

Century Restoration is proud to have been a participant in this historic project.

Testimonial

Dave,

I am writing this letter to congratulate you on your exceptional work on the buildings at 512/516 Phoenix Street. When I walk downtown and glance at the buildings, it's as if I have time traveled to the early 1900's. You have an amazing talent for attention to detail.

Also, I wanted to tell you how enjoyable it was to work with you on this project.

You went the extra effort to accommodate the nearby businesses while the restoration was taking place. I know from business owner's comments that it was very much appreciated.

Thank you, Dave, for completing a restoration project that has become the gem of the downtown.

Sincerely,
Debra Davidson
DDA Director/Communications Mgr
City of South Haven
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