Trout Lake Complex

Bald Mountain Recreation Area South Unit

East side of M24 (Lapeer Rd.)

Between Silver Bell and Greenshield Rds.

Lake Orion, MI 48360

National Register of Historic Places

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The Lower Trout Lake Bathhouse Complex and Contact Station are significant under national register criteria A and C as Modernist structures unique within the Michigan state park system and inspired by the Modern architecture of the National Park Service’s nationwide Mission 66 program. The buildings were designed by world renowned architect Gunnar Birkerts who is known for his high-style Modern structures. The Lower Trout Lake Bathhouse Complex and Contact Station’s structures are examples of two complementary forms of Mid-Century Modern design: one, a style ofpark building known as Park Service Modern, made popular by the National Park Service and the Mission 66 program architects, the other, the distinctive architectural style produced by Gunnar Birkerts at the time, during the beginning of the busiest point in his career. The buildings are less than fifty years old, yet because of their unique design, association with a nation-wide program, and design by a master architect; they are eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places at the State level.


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