Cottage 23 (Building 23) was one of the last of the large Victorian houselike "cottages" built at Northern Michigan Asylum (later Traverse City State Hospital). Designed by area architect C.S.Prall, it is close to 100 years old, having been built in 1904 Like the other cottages and Building 50, it was built of whitish-yellowish brick from the Markham brickworks. This cottage, like the others in the north cottage area, was built to house female psychiatric patients. The cottages were built to house between 60 and 125 patients each.
The basic layout of this cottage is a rectangular north wing, a rectangular south wing, and a narrower section connecting them, with a round tower in the middle of the east side of the connecting section. This is the most common plan for the cottages: out of the eleven State Hospital cottages, five of them share this basic plan. Like all of the other cottages, it has two stories plus a large attic level and a half-buried ground floor below.
This cottage is made distinct from the other "tower" cottages by the porthole-like windows found in the tower roof, and by the porch that surrounds the main floor of the tower.
This cottage is currently unused. It is connected on its south end on the basement level by an enclosed above-ground walkway which leads tp the nearly-identical Cottage 21. The cottage is located east of Red Drive, between Cottages 25, 21, and 27 just north of Building 50. Cottage 23 is one of the cottages claimed by Grand Traverse Pavilions for possible conversion into an assisted living residence home, and it has been given a new name of Hawthorn Cottage.
To find out about The Cottages of Grand Traverse Pavilions and residency in this "adult residential community", call the Grand Traverse Pavilions at (231)-932-3051. This web site is not affiliated with Grand Traverse Pavilions, and the photos and condition of the buildings here does not reflect how these Cottages will look when rehabilitation is completed.
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