Culver Town Halls
1911 - May Errect Building
Town Board Takes Necessary Steps to Provide
Quarters for Fire Company and Apparatus.
The town board has for a short time past been giving consideable thought to the project of putting
up a town hall - a building which will accomodate fthe fire apparatuas and provide a meeting place
for the board and the fire company, and a pollin place at elections.
The structure in favor is a cement block building 20 X 40, one story high, to b e etected as an
addition to the water works pumping station.
Another storage reservoir is already meeded by the Water company, necessitating additional room
at the pump house, and the new building would meet this. At a future date a second story over
the old and new building would provide an excellent public hall for entertainments, conventions
The town has funds on hand which make the project here outlined feasible.
The town board has been led to take up the matter of erecting a town hall by the attitude of the
It may not be generally known, or at least held in mind, that the company has maintained its
organization at its own expense. It bought and furnished a building for its meetings, the water
company firnishing the apparatus.
Recently the lot on which the bulding stood was sold and the purchaser raised the rent of the land.
The company the decided to disband unless the town provided suitasble quarters. The members said as
long as they stood bettween the rpoeprty owners and a serious loss by fire they were ientitled to
finanancial support from the town authorities.
Previous town boards had never done anything for the fire boys, and when it came to a question of going
down into their own pockers and paying more rent or moving the would throw up their organization. With
the latter course in view they advertised their furniture for sale.
This movement aroused the town board, and its appeciation of the importance of the fire company to the
property owners is shown in the steps now being taken to give the company suitable quarters paid for, as
is the case everywhere, out of the public funds.
The fact that nor fire has destroyed property is the businee center for a number of years is perhaps the
reason why our town boards have been slow to recongnize the claims of the fire company.
But the time is sure to come when the fate of one or more business firms will hang upon the efforts of an
organized fire company equipped with efficient apparatus.
As property owners the members of the town board look at the matter in the light that the rest of us do -
there isn't one of us who, if he knew that his property would be endangered by fire tonight, would not
gladly put up a pretty liberal sum of money to get the services of the company rather than trust of the
unorganized efforts of the neighbors with buckets.
1911 - Nov 11 - Culver's New "City Hall"
The town board has secured a preliminary sketch of the building which will be erected on the
town lot in part occupied by the water works pumping station.
The will be 20 X 44, one story in height, constructed of cement blocks.
It will contain two rooms - one 20 X 26 for the fire company's apparatur, and one 18 X 20 for the
A basement will be excavated with a view to finishing it, at a future date, as a place for holding
public meetings and elections.
The immediate cost of the building will be not far from $1,000.
After the contract is let work will begin when the weather permits.
1911 - Nov 23 -The town board has called upon its architect for an estimate of the cost of
the town hall building according to the placs adopted this will be followed by advertising
fords, and it is expected tha the contract will be let and work begun this fall.
1912 - Apr 18 Culver's New Town Hall
Plans drawn for the new town hall or municipal bulding have been adopted, and
the constructiion will be let on May 9.
Te building is to be 20 x 40, one story and basement high, built of conrete blocks.
The basement will contain a coal room, a storage room ofr tools and plenty of space
for such other purposes as my be found convenient.
The ground floor will be a fire station, and will have two rooms for the use of the town
board. The space used by the fire apparatus wull afford a convenietpollling place also.
1912 - Nov 7 - The old calaboose is being torn down. The blocks will be used in the construction
of the new Town hall, and the two steel cages will be installed in the new building
1912 Dec 11 Town hall completed
The city bastile, otherwise the town hall, is getting its finishing touches this
It is a one story and basement cement block building, costing $1,700.
The main flor is divided into two compartments. The front room is for the fire
department apparatus, and the back room is the councul chamber.
The jail cages have been set up in the basement to which there is access from the
outside by a broad gently sloping flight of stairs which can be safely neogtiated by
any citizen who isn't "paralzed", and will not prove difficult to a large-size man
wearing a good-natured smile and a nickel-plate star.
This large, tall man thinks the building might be called Vanmeter's Villa in case
anybody is desirous of giving it a fashionable name
1965/6 - The Town hall and fire department moved into new quarters at Lakeshore Drive
and State Street - sharing it with the town hall. It was the old
International Harvester building
New Town Hall For Culver
Nelson Equip. Co. Building and Lots fire Purchased" Occupancy June 1
The purchase of the Nelson Equipment Co. building on Lake Shore Drive for use as a
new Town Hall was announced by the Culver,Town Board at its regular meeting on
Board President Ted Ervin said the total purchase price of $25,000 includes the building
which houses the Nelson farm equipment business now being liquidated, and two
vacant lots across the street, behind the Shell Oil Co. property.
The price of the building was $23,500, and for the two lots, which will be converted
to parking lots, was $1,500.
Possession was promised by June 1. though Maurice Nelson, the owner, indicated that
the building will probably be available to the town before that date.
Slated to be moved into the new quarters over a period of several months will be the
Fire Dept., Police Dept., Council Chambers, and Clerk-Treasurer's
The Fire Dept. will move first, the board indicated, since it can be accommodated with
a minimum of building renovation.>
Later, as space for the various departments is allocated and the interior of the
70 x 80-foot building is remodeled to these requirements,the other departments will
The present Town Hall on Pl ymouth Street will be taken over by the Street
Department as it is vacated by other departments, and the building presently
used by the Street Department will probably be sold. >
The present Town Hall has housed the town departments for at least 40
years, according to Ernest Carter, building commissioner, and a longtime
Culver resident. >
The building has been overcrowded in recent years, particularly the F i re
Department, which has added new and larger equipment...>
The purchase price for the new Town Hall will be paid over a
three-year period through financing arranged with The State Exchange
1923 - Oct 23 - Alter town hall - An additional doorway has been built into the west
wall of the town hall and the townshIp for truck placed next to its big brother, the
pumper. The chemical truck has been housed in a shed in back of the town hall but
the clearing of the land to make room for the new water towe it was necessary to
find a new home for the township's fire apparatus
1933 - Jul 26 - Barnes Low Bidder On Town Hall Work
Local Firm to Start with Remodeling within Ten Days
Russell Easterday, local manager of the J. I. Barnes Construction company, was the low
bidder on the work to remodel the hown hall. The bid was $1,743. It is planned to start
the work within ten days.
The plans call for the remodeling of the basement into a meeting hall for the town biard.
The walls be be decorated and the room rebuilding into a more spacious and attractive
council room that the present quarters.
The main floor will be enlarged for the use of the fire company and jail quarters. New
floors will be laid, the interior replastered and redecorated.
A hot water system will heat the entire building, replacing the antiquecoal stove now in
The exterior will be painted, giving Culver a much improved town hall.
||Oct 1967 found the Culver pres building up for sale|
Culver Town Hall 1976 - ?
Culver Police Department 1976 - ?
Culver-Union Township Emergency Medical Services - 1976 - ?