Glen Arbor Arts Center Project Featured in Great Lakes by Design

Thanks to Great Lakes by Design for featuring the Glen Arbor Arts Center project led by Mathison | Mathison Architects.


A well-travelled summer destination in northern Michigan, the small but vibrant township of Glen Arbor rests in the crook of Lake Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Bay, offering walkable shoreline and sunsets second-to-none, and thick pockets of forested areas that cool active summer months. It is one of these areas a gem of revived architectural prowess sits. 

The Glen Arbor Arts Center, formerly the Glen Arbor Art Association is a unique, multi-dimensional space between a nature preserve and the commercial center of town. Its original building had housed several programs from gallery exhibitions and lectures to art classes for several age groupings and even an art residency program; in all, an enduring fixture for the area’s artistic scene. Throughout the course of the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s timeline, the choice to commission the little building tucked onto Lake Street back in the 1980s had been a significant one. 

“The building that they had was great, [by a fairly prominent architect] who did lots of commercial projects in Chicago,” said Evan Mathison, co-founding principal at Mathison | Mathison Architects in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “For them it was a space that they had never had before, so it was kind of transformational for their growth in creating the Glen Arbor Arts Association identity.”


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Photo Credit: Bill Lindhout