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.