Didn’t win a mug last time? No worries – we are launching another Citizen Historian Giveaway today! There are two maps on the Building Use App that are almost complete. Can you help finish them? Calumet 1888 is 95% complete and Lake Linden 1917 is 60% complete – we are so close to having every building on these maps classified! If you can get the building counter in the lower left corner to 100% just send us a screenshot and we will send you a Keweenaw Time Traveler mug. Send us a message on Facebook or email email@example.com with your screenshot or if you have any questions.
Keep in mind that these last few buildings tend to be the most difficult to classify, so we have created a mini handbook found below to help you finish the map.
Building Use Classification Handbook
The Sanborn Fire Insurance Company that produced these maps used several abbreviations to label buildings. Use this guide to help you determine if a building should be classified as "Dwelling", "Automobile", "Store", "Industrial", or "Public".
Watch the video below for visual instruction on how to use the Building Use App.
Several of the remaining buildings are small, unmarked buildings - these buildings are classified based on the lot type they are on. If they are near a house they would be marked as a "Dwelling" and if they are on an industrial lot they would be marked as "Industrial"
Some of the remaining buildings have a large X from corner to corner - these buildings are "Stables" and their classification also depends on if the lot is domestic or industrial
This is a "Stable" and would be classified as a "Store" as it is on a lot with other stores
This building would be classified as a "Dwelling" as it is on a lot with other dwellings
If you have any questions about how to classify a certain building send us a message on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org!