City of Saginaw MI -

The Hoyt Park warming house, located at 1574 S. Washington, is now listed in the State of Michigan Historic Building Registry. The Friends of Hoyt Park Committee will host a special ceremony at Hoyt Park on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 11 am in recognition of this significant honor. Members from the Michigan Historical Commission, a division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, will also be in attendance on October 11 for the presentation of the marker commemorating the 80 year old historic building.

The Hoyt Park building received the award with the support of several community organizations such as the Saginaw Historic Society, Saginaw Community Foundation, and the Saginaw Questors who assisted with the application process. Larry Brethauer, President of the Friends of Hoyt Park Committee, commented on the community support throughout this application process, “I am so grateful to Tom Mudd and many others for the guidance and assistance during this application process. Without their support and direction, we would not be receiving this recognition.”

The Hoyt Park building, known as the warming house, has been the center piece of Hoyt Park for over 80 years. Built in 1938, the warming house is remembered as a facility where skaters thawed and took a break from the ice. The building also played host to events such as dances and other community events many years ago. The building underwent an extensive renovation in 2011 and was re-opened in 2013 as part of the Friends of Hoyt Park Committee’s “Bring Back the Ice” campaign. Since that time, thousands of guests have once again enjoyed the warming house as a place to visit with friends and warm up by the fire as they carry on the magnificent winter tradition of outdoor skating in the heart of downtown Saginaw.

Friends of Hoyt Park President Larry Brethauer commented, “Thanks to the commitment and support of many dedicated community members, the Hoyt Park warming house continues to stand as a symbol of comfort, friendship, and unity. It is rewarding to know that our long-standing local landmark now has a place in Michigan history.”

Thursday’s dedication ceremony is open to the public. Representatives from the Michigan Historical Commission will speak on the significance of this honor and Friends of Hoyt Park members will speak on the history of the warming house and unveil the 2019 “Bring Back the Ice” skating schedule.


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