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Under the Oaks Historic District

On July 6, 1854, a state convention of anti-slavery men was held in Jackson, Michigan,  to found a new political party. Since the convention day was hot and the huge crowd could not be accommodated in the hall, the meeting adjourned to an oak grove on "Morgan's Forty" on the outskirts of the town forever known as "Under the Oaks". A plaque honoring this event can be found at the corner of Franklin and Second Street. 

Surrounding this historic landmark, there are over 300 notable homes located in a 15 block historic district. Here you will find a wide variety of architecture representing Victorian, English Tudor, Craftsman and unique Ionia Stone homes. You will find interesting driving or walking along: Franklin Street from First Street to Brown Street. Washington Street from Brown to First Street. Michigan Avenue just west of the city center.

  • 110-818 First St.
  • 103-418 Second St.
  • 105-419 Third St.
  • 105-419 Fourth St.
  • 401-750 W. Franklin St.
  • 405-766 W. Washington Ave.
  • 327-756 W. Michigan Ave. 
  • 505-604 Wildwood Ave.
  • 214-512 Steward (West Side)

There are several locations within the city that have historical significance.

Historical Building Tour Stops

Under the Oaks City Park

(517) 788-4040
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418 Second St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Under the Oaks City Park This is a historical site honoring the birthplace of the Republican Party. On July 6, 1854, a state convention of anti-slavery men was held in Jackson, Michigan,  to found a... » More Information

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
Under the Oaks City Park

This is a historical site honoring the birthplace of the Republican Party. On July 6, 1854, a state convention of anti-slavery men was held in Jackson, Michigan,  to found a new political party. Since the convention day was hot and the huge crowd could not be accommodated in the hall, the meeting adjourned to an oak grove on "Morgan's Forty" on the outskirts of the town forever known as "Under the Oaks".

Photo Courtesy of the Jackson District Library Photo Archives.

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Aware Shelter

(517) 783-2861
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706 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Aware Shelter Built for Bradley Demanter, president of People’s National Bank, the Demanter Home is now used by the AWARE Shelter, providing shelter and counseling services to survivors of domestic... » More Information

Aware Shelter

Built for Bradley Demanter, president of People’s National Bank, the Demanter Home is now used by the AWARE Shelter, providing shelter and counseling services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The mission of AWARE strives to eliminate domestic and sexual violence, while promoting social change and empowering survivors by offering shelter and services. Note the second Flemish roof on the side.

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Stanton Group formerly Hayes Home

714 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Designed for industrialist Clarence Hayes, co-owner of Kelsey Hayes, by Jackson Architect Claire Allen, this house is French Chateaux style built in limestone with a slate roof.

Designed for industrialist Clarence Hayes, co-owner of Kelsey Hayes, by Jackson Architect Claire Allen, this house is French Chateaux style built in limestone with a slate roof.

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The Ionia

509-519 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Named for the Ionia sandstone used in its construction, this series of townhouses was built over a twelve year period for specific owners.  Claire Allen's clever mix of... » More Information

Named for the Ionia sandstone used in its construction, this series of townhouses was built over a twelve year period for specific owners.  Claire Allen's clever mix of Flemish and Tudor architecture works for the building.  The indented backyards allow more light into the units.  Claire Allen, famed Jackson architect himself lived in 515 after his wife died and stayed there the rest of his life. He died in 1942 at age 89.

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Blanchard Financial formerly the Knights of Columbus Building

408 W. Wildwood Ave
Jackson, MI 49201

Formerly the Knights of Columbus building, this Beaux Arts Mediterranean building features many of architect Claire Allen’s favored details- tile roof, Italianate brackets and dentils, grand pillared entry,... » More Information

Formerly the Knights of Columbus building, this Beaux Arts Mediterranean building features many of architect Claire Allen’s favored details- tile roof, Italianate brackets and dentils, grand pillared entry, and balustrade porch.

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Kluk & Kluk DDS formerly a home by Claire Allen

732 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

This residential home was designed by famed Jackson Architect Claire Allen.

This residential home was designed by famed Jackson Architect Claire Allen.

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