1863 Factory – Colon, MI

Added to OHD on 9/20/11   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   19 Comments
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442 Maple St, Colon, MI 49040

  • $159,000
  • 16857 Sq Ft
  • 1.67 Ac.
Opportunity Of A Lifetime...The Exciting Possibilities Are Open To Your Dreams. This Has Been Known As The Old Seminary, Lamb Knit Goods, And Woodcrafters; Sitting On Double Corner Lots. Building Has Sprinkler System, A 3 Phase 4 Wire Power, Heat Part Or All Of Building. Come Expand Your Dreams And Possibilities Here!
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19 Comments on 1863 Factory – Colon, MI

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  1. John Shiflet says: 5477 comments

    Well, it’s BIG! But would probably take a couple of million to fix up and renovate. Would make a really cool site for an internet based firm repurposed into offices and such…some of the unconventional software companies would really get into an old building like this with tons of character. Could be made into lofts style apartments but even without looking at the map, I feel Colon, MI is not much of a lofts apartment market. Maybe an artists’ cooperative? Or a facility to teach restoration skills and historic preservation-used in this case as a field extension branch for a major university? A vacation lodge? Those are some of my crazy ideas, what are yours?

    • Barbara says: 63 comments

      I like your ideas, John. Are you a consultant? If not, you should be! I am an organizer and behavioral scientist…if Americans weren’t so fearful right now, we could draw the money and labor together to form businesses across America. 🙂

      • John Shiflet says: 5477 comments

        Well… I do have a bachelor’s degree in business management and excelled in entrepreneurship classes but I can take that education and a $2 bill and still go get a cup of coffee these days. I hear you on the ‘fearful part” and with the stock market, real estate and mortgage crisis, as well as high unemployment and govt.’s inability to deal with our national debt problems, doesn’t look like it’s going to get much better soon. Lucky we’re not Greece or Ireland…so it could be worse.

  2. toscar says: 46 comments



    I think it is a wonderful building in a very tough location for any type of development in a town with a very unfortunate sounding name.


  3. Jim says: 5043 comments

    There are many thousands of nice old commercial structures like this around the country that could be repurposed but most won’t be because it’s almost always cheaper to construct a new box. There’s little financial incentive to save the old, and government or institututional users almost always choose new over rehab. This one will likely last only as long as it’s worth keeping a roof on it for storage or another low rent use, assuming nobody has a better use for the land. I’d like to buy a building like this and just fix up enough space to live in with lots of elbow room. Love the painted signage and old Whirlpool sign!

  4. Julie. says: 1 comments

    Colon is the magic capital of the world. I would fix it up and rent it to all the magicians who come to the Colon Magic Festival every summer. Or country artist/musician retreat loft space. Or a spa featuring high colonics of course)… I am fascinated by this building and may take ride to see it (live in Detroit). There are postcards of it on Ebay now. What a great site this is. I found it looking for the history of this building.

  5. Jean A Leach says: 2 comments

    My Grandmother worked at th Lamb Knit for yrs,Gertie Shellenberger was her name.She walked to work everyday and walked home and back to work for lunch.She worked there many yrs.I am not sure how many,she passed away 3 yrs ago at the age of 101….I love seeing these old pics.so many memories ffrom Colon.

  6. David Avery says: 3 comments

    Is this building still for sale, or has it been sold already

  7. David Avery says: 3 comments

    Thank you, I was just curious.

  8. Justin says: 1 comments

    Looks like it was sold in 2012. Here’s a link to an article from the Sturgis Journal:


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