sinclair-motorcycle-guysTalk to anyone, and they will tell you that one of the many things Traverse City is known for is the historic Park Place Hotel. Located in the heart of Downtown Traverse City, the hotel has been in existence since 1873, and has endured numerous changes. But this crown jewel still continues to attract many people to our region with its warm hospitality, and historical significance.

Like any other institution, it continues to change to fit the times, and McMillen’s recently had the opportunity to help out in its latest facelift within the Restaurant, Minerva’s. With a little help from our local friends, we succeed in helping with their new “urban cool” look, but still keep the history that so many have found charming and enduring.

We started with images archived in the Traverse City History Center, formerly the Carnegie Library. (One of the featured images within the restaurant.) With a little help from our friend, John Robert Williams Photography, we were able to enlarge the photos with the help of digital restoration. The pictures themselves measure 24 x 30, and once framed out finish at 38 x 42, outside dimension.

The collection features nostalgic Traverse City, in streetscape and historical buildings, such as the original Con Foster Museum, now the home to Traverse City’s new Movie Theater, Bijou by the Bay. Now installed, the pieces add a wonderful gallery effect, emphasizing the size of the room with its high ceilings, making dinner in the restaurant like eating in an art gallery.

Stop by and check out the great atmosphere that the Park Place has established. If you see any of these images and wish to acquire one, you may contact the store, and we can have any of them printed for you. Proceeds benefit the History Center’s ongoing efforts to protect the history of our region.

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