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Ridotto Building
Northwest corner of Center and Madison Aves., Bay City, MI.

Added June 2008.

Bay City Illustrated, by The Board of Trade,
Published 1898, Gregory Printing Company.


One of the finest office buildings in Bay City is the Ridotto, corner of Center and Madison avenues. The building covers a ground surface of 100 square feet, is three stories high, built of Zanesville pressed brick, and is practically fire proof. On the ground floor are two commodious store rooms, well light and ventilated. The second floor is fitted up in large, airy rooms suitable for office purposes, and here many professional men have taken up their business abode. A portion of the floor is devoted to railroad uses. Commodious stairways and elevators give easy access to the rooms. The third floor is devoted to an immense public assembly hall, suitable for dancing parties or entertainments of any kind. The hall proper is fitted with a stage, with necessary scenery, and will comfortable seat nearly 500 people. Adjacent to this are reception and toilet rooms, dining rooms and every convenience necessary. The hall is in high favor with the society people of Bay City, and within its walls many brilliant parties have been given since the construction of the building. The upper floor is reached by stairway and elevator, the latter being run for the accommodation of guests during private or public functions. The building is lighted with electricity and heated with steam, and there is nothing wanting that would conduce the comfort of the occupants. The owners, Messrs. Chesbrough, are to be commended for the public spiritedness which prompted the erection of the handsome structure.

Additional Notes.

    1897 - Michigan State Gazetteer & Business Directory.

  • Chesbrough Bros. (Fremont B., Frank P., Abram M. and Aaron), lumber, 210 Ridotto Bldg., Bay City.
Related Pages & Notes

Fremont Chesbrough

The Ridotto was built in 1896 by brothers, Frank P. and Fremont B. Chesbrough. A fire on April 1, 1940, completely destroyed the building.
Related Pages:
Chesbrough Family
People Referenced
Chesbrough, Aaron
Chesbrough, Abram M.
Chesbrough, Frank P.
Chesbrough, Fremont B.
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Chesbrough Bros.
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.