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A Little History Behind one of the Homes on this Year’s Saginaw Bay Symphony House Walk

Donald Kimball was the architect of the fieldhouse\warming house in Hoyt Park. Kimball was also the designer of one of the sites featured on this year’s Saginaw Bay Symphony House Walk, the Mershon Street home of Fred Czerewko.

Born in Saginaw in 1907, after graduating from Saginaw High School, he studied architecture at the University of Michigan. After earning his degree in architecture, he continued his studies at UM. During vacations he worked in the offices of Saginaw architects Cowles and Mutscheller and Carl E. Macomber. After completing his studies, he returned to Saginaw and worked in Macomber’s office.

In 1934, he opened his own practice and over the next two decades designed numerous commercial buildings and residences in Saginaw – he designed several homes near his home on Delaware Boulevard.

He and his family moved to California in 1954 and he continued his architectural practice in that state. He died in 1998 His papers are preserved at the University of Michigan’s Bentley Library and Clarke Library at Central Michigan University.

You will enjoy viewing one of his designs in the Saginaw Bay Symphony House Tour. Also, a CMU Intern who is working at the Castle Museum will be developing a self-guided driving tour of Donald Kimball’s Saginaw Work.


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