In the gallery today
The Art by Mary Case Gallery & Studio features Mary’s paintings and ceramics, along with work by many other artists from the local area, across the country and around the world. There are various works in oil, acrylic, pastel, metal and ceramics. The gallery first opened in 2017 and is looking forward to many more years in the lovely coastal town of Ludington, Michigan.
Built in 1893, the house at 329 E. Dowland Street is on the street that used to be known as the “pulse of Ludington“. By 1892, the area sawmills were operating at their peak and Ludington quickly became a major Great Lakes shipping port. In addition to the lumber industry, the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroads ran tracks across the state and into Ludington where railcars were loaded onto ferry boats which sailed across the Great Lakes.
Dowland Street corridor
Back then the building was known as the “corner store,” part of the bustling Dowland Street corridor which ran along the docks and ended at the ferry boat shipyard. Travelers today can book a voyage on the SS Badger Carferry to cross Lake Michigan in that very same shipyard!
The historic Dowland Street corridor was home to many small businesses, factories, and row houses. Over the years, the building at 329 E. Dowland Street housed a grocery store, deli, and two different restaurants. Business owners ran the shop downstairs and lived upstairs in the apartment above.
For a long time, the building remained in its original state, with plaster walls and tin ceiling in the storefront. It was finally revived by a local who bought the house and rehabbed the original structure.
Mary Case eventually purchased the building, and now runs an art gallery and studio there. Mary has worked hard on the remodeling project with the help of her new friends and neighbors. As a result, 329 E. Dowland Street has finally become her vision of a cozy art gallery.
Go to the contact page for a map and directions to the gallery.