Thomas Roberts Architects Mehlhose Ice Cream Building Restoration

The restoration of the iconic Ice Cream Building exemplifies the power of preservation in small communities. The building was constructed in 1907 to house the family ice cream making business that was founded in 1875. The business was designated a Michigan Centennial Business in 1986 for 100 continuous years of operation. After sitting vacant for almost twenty years, the building was purchased in 2015 by a local businessman who set out to restore and preserve the property. The exterior was restored, the original marquee was reconstructed, and the interior was rehabilitated to create office space. Although the Ice Cream Building is not located along the city’s main street, the pedestrian and vehicle traffic is often slow as onlookers roll past. The restoration project has brought local, regional and state attention to the community and to the importance of restoring and preserving a piece America’s cultural heritage.