Saturday, March 29, 2008

Build Auction Sale Pavilion

This story appeared in the Ypsilanti Daily Press of Saturday, March 21, 1908

An auction sale pavilion, calling for an investment of more than $4,000, will be erected this spring by Warren Lewis, the international live stock auctioneer, on his property at Babbitt street and Lincoln avenue. It will stand unique in the state of Michigan, although similar institutions have proved successful in other American cities.

The sale pavilion will be built adjoining the Michigan Central sidetrack which passes over Mr. Lewis’ property. This insures the best of shipping facilities for those who will send stock here to dispose of at auction and to buyers who may wish to ship out heir purchases.

The pavilion will be built with glass sides and wholly enclosed. The seats will be amphitheater style with a ring as in a circus where the stock will be in plain view of everyone when it is under the hammer. There will be na auctioneer’s stand and cashier’s desk. The sales will be conduced summer and winter and in order to make it thoroughly comfortable in cold weather, the pavilion will be equipped with a steam heating plant. There won’t be anything small or cheap about the whole affair. It is designed to be one of the auction centers of the country and a leading attraction of the city.

“I propose to pul off some of the big farm auction sales here too,” said Mr. Lewis. “It will be central and farmers can bring in everything they have to offer. But it is principally designed for the sale of horses and cattle.”

Mr. Lewis owns the property from North to Babbitt street, lying along Lincoln avenue and the Michigan Central railroad. On North street he has fitted up one of the finest equipped had luxurious homes in the city.

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