Hurlbut Memorial gate, photo taken 1974
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Hurlbut Memorial Gate
Jefferson at Cadillac Boulevard, Detroit - Wayne County
Property Type gate
Historic Use LANDSCAPE
Current Use LANDSCAPE
Style Beaux Arts
Architect/Builder BREDE AND MUELLER
Significant Person Chauncy Hurlbut
Narrative Description The Hurlbut Memorial Gate is an elaborate three-tiered Beaux Arts pedestrian and vehicular entrance gate of white Bedford limestone with original iron gates. The lowest tier is a rectangular coursed ashlar base with three recessed bays, a central single-arched pedestrian entrance and a rear stairway leading to the second level. Swinging iron vehicle gates connect to double ashlar piers. A balustraded rail tops the base and surrounds an ornate square block that features a single arched entrance on each side, framed by ornate Ionic columns. The top tier is subdivided into two tiers of scrolled balustrades with terminal statuary and is surmounted by a squared cupola topped by a winged figure. Carved garlands, water fonts, and rondels are among other ornamental elements decorating the gate.
Statement of Significance The Hurlbut Memorial Gate was constructed in 1894 to commemorate the civic service of Chauncy Hurlbut, president of the Detroit Board of Water Commission from 1868 to 1885. Hurlbut's record of service to the city spanned over twenty years in various positions. For his dedication the city honored Hurlbut with a memorial fronting the main entrance of Water Works Park, the second most popular public park in Detroit. Local architects Herman A. Brede and Gustav Mueller designed the gate and maintenance was provided by Hurlbut's estate after his death in 1885. The gate is currently intact but in need of surface repair.
Period of Significance 1866-1900
Significant Date(s) 1894
Registry Type(s) 03/27/1975 National Register listed
07/26/1974 State Register listed
Site ID# P25143