Armory Arts Village & Michigan’s First State Prison
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This was the original site of Michigan's first state prison, approved by the Legislature in 1838. A temporary wooden prison, enclosed by a fence of tamarack poles, was built on sixty acres donated for that purpose here. In 1839, the first thirty-five prisoners were received. A permanent prison was built three years later. Beginning in the 1880's under Warden H. F. Hatch, a greater emphasis was placed on the education and rehabilitation of prisoners. After 1934, the inmates were housed in the new prison north of Jackson. Today, it is the Armory Arts Village; a one-of-a-kind, creatively focused, mixed use neighborhood. An affordable space designed to meet both the living & workspace needs of emerging artists, musicians, designers, craftsmen, and other creative people. Armory Arts Village is listed on MSN in the top ten most unique buildings worldwide in which to live. The building is a private residence, an artist community and a nationally recognized historic site.
Location 100 Armory Court Jackson, MI 49201
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