Historic Home Tour

Marshall Michigan

The Traver Condominium
411 West Michigan Avenue #2.

This is an  old school which was converted into five condo units.


Local businessman Ryan Traver loves to kick back in his unique home in the Crary Condominiums. Originally, the Crary School, the building was constructed in 1923 in honor of Isaac Crary, cofounder of the Michigan Public Schools Systems.

Built at a cost of $60,000, it was a part of Marshall Schools until 1971. From 1971-76 it functioned as a school for the disabled.

The property was purchased by Hal and Jacqueline Minick in 1977 and they converted the old school into five condo units.  Unit #2 was purchased by Ryan Traver in 2006 shortly after it had been completely renovated by previous owner Jim Rzepka.

This 1100 square foot 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo boasts the only floor to ceiling brick fireplace in the building, and the ceilings reach 12 feet. The ceiling is solid cement and is well insulated from the second floor. As you can see, this is an exception example of adaptive reuse.

The sliding doors in the living room and in the second bedroom open up to the unit’s own private courtyard. The ivy covered walls provide privacy during its use in the warmer months and a little extra color and life during the winter months.

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