In 1927, Mrs. Karen Hartwick donated land to the state of Michigan In honor of her husband Major Edward E. Hartwick, who died in action during World War I. The land was used to create Hartwick Pines state park. In 1929, the Department began construction this building as a memorial to Mrs. Hartwick’s husband. However, work was halted by the Great Depression. Work resumed in 1933 when workers from the Civilian Conservation Corps finished the interior of the Memorial Building and constructed other buildings in the park. The lodge was used as a visitors center until a new one was constructed in 1994. The old lodge has been sitting vacant since 2012.
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