Ever see this stone building before?

This building in Bellevue was constructed in the early 1900's as a bank with an exterior that specifically celebrates the Native American tribes that inhabited the area.

The former bank, now the Village Hall in Bellevue, has a unique exterior made of 100% rock-faced field-stone built by one Charles H. Secore...in fact, it's said that some of the round stone shapes represent medicine wheels of the Chippewa and Ojibwa tribes.

There is a diamond-shaped stone, representing how the Ojibwa Native Americans used to symbolize the four directions: north, south, east & west.

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And there's a three-foot arrowhead stone on the south side to symbolize the arrowhead the Chippewa were famous for. Other carved rock shapes adorn all around the building and is something that is rarely (if ever?) taken on by today's construction companies, or even private owners, for that matter.

 

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Located on the northwest corner of N. Main and Jackson Street in Bellevue. Add this quick little photo/op/stop to your Michigan roadtrip itinerary!