Vermilion Life Saving Station, Shore of Lake Superior, 10 miles west of Whitefish, Paradise, Chippewa County, MI
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10 miles west of Whitefish, Paradise vicinity, MI
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS MI-446
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N1091).
Building/structure dates: 1876 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1906 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1938 subsequent work
Significance: The original 1876 Vermilion Life Saving Station building stands as the last remaining example (with some additions) of the 1876 Lake Superior-type station designed by U.S. Life-Saving Service architect J. Lake Parkinson, who designed four of this type to be built along the Lake Superior shoreline. The station complex is a significant example of U.S. Life-Saving Service and U.S. Coast Guard facilities constructed to aid navigation in treacherous parts of the Great Lakes.
Parkinson, J. L.
US Life-Saving Service
Knox, William C.
United States Coast Guard
Chandler, Francis W.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
Overview of site looking north towards old and new stations with Lake Superior in the background.
Aerial view of old station and sand dunes looking east from tower of newer station.
Aerial view of old station and newer station garage from tower of newer station looking east.
3/4 view of old station looking southwest. Note missing roof shingles.
Front elevation of old station looking south.
Detail elevation of front dormer with bracket. Location of name board can be seen between upper and lower windows.
West elevation looking east.
3/4 view of west and south elevations looking northeast.
Back elevation looking north with lake in background.
East elevation of old station looking west with newer station in background.
Interior of old station living room. Note construction details due to deteriorated condition.
Interior of old station's southeast addition looking towards the former exterior wall of the boat room.
Interior of old station's second floor looking north. Stove pipe and chimney located at center.
Interior of old station's second floor looking northwest including access to side dormer.
3/4 view of newer station's south and east elevations. Earlier photos taken from the tower atop this structure.
3/4 view of newer station's south and west elevations looking towards Lake Superior.
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