AMBER TWP. — From the tall ceilings and windowed facade to the wide, wooden doors, Jamesport Center is a Ludington icon.
Home to the Jamesport Brewing Co. and Sunset Bay Antiques, the century-plus-old building still stands thanks to owners Greg and Harriet Jones.
On Thursday evening, the Joneses — and investors/part-owners Thomas Hawley and Jane and Roger Washburn — were honored for preserving the historic building by the Mason County Historical Society.
“We were trying to save a building,” Harriet said. “It’s wonderful — I’m happy people appreciate what we did.”
With the Joneses out of town, Hawley accepted the award at the Mason County Historical Society’s annual dinner, held Thursday at the Graystone Event Center. He said he appreciates the accolade — and efforts from others in the crowd to preserve Mason County’s historic structures.
“It is our job to ensure we leave things in a better condition than we found them,” he said. “I am glad the Historical Society promotes that every day.”
Hawley also thanked the Joneses, who were the first to take up the project, for their efforts.
“They took the initial steps to stabilize the building from further deterioration,” Hawley said. “I’m confident that, had they not stepped in, the building would’ve went the way of many James Street structures that are disappearing from our community.”
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