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Bay View

Petoskey, Michigan
County of Emmet.
Northeast of Petoskey on U.S. 31
National Register Number: 72000613
Resource type: District.
Property type: Educational facility - related. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: MI-1 Certified Local Government: NO
This NHL offers public access.
Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: Residential community: http://www.sos.state.mi.us/history/preserve/phissite/bayview.html.
Web Site: www.sos.state.mi.us/history/preserve/phissite/bayview.htm.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 23, 1987):
One of the finest remaining examples of two uniquely American community forms, the Methodist Camp Meeting and the independent Chautauqua. Designed for the first purpose in 1876 as the country's only romantically planned campground, and adapted for the second from 1885 to 1915, Bay View is a major monument of American religious, cultural, social and educational ideals embodied in an artistically shaped community plan with 437 contributing buildings.

The area around Bay View faces development pressures from both within the district and beyond its boundaries. Some property owners are interested in using inappropriate, no-historic materials to make repairs and changes to their private cottages, in an attempt to minimize maintenance costs. There are currently no preservation ordinances in place to prevent such practices. If such inappropriate alterations are made, however, the historic integrity of the NHL district could be compromised.

The Michigan legislature has amended an enabling statute to allow increased acreage from a prior limit of 350 acres to 2,000 acres, in an attempt to respond to development pressures. The legislature also will allow Bay View properties to qualify for historic preservation tax credits for appropriate, approved repairs made to historic buildings. In addition, some owners would like to institute design guidelines and use restrictions to better preserve the integrity of the NHL district.

Comments and questions about the database may be directed to NHL_info@nps.gov