Region 5 Newsroom

GSA's Great Lakes Region Public Affairs Office, located in Chicago, issues media releases and advisories to provide the public with important information on GSA projects and activities within the six states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.


Historic Michigan Lighthouses Sold via GSA Auction Block
- Online auction allows public to own a piece of history -

Long shot of the Gravelly Shoal LighthouseFour Lake Michigan lighthouses recently sold to local non-profit bidders via a GSA-sponsored online auction as part of the agency's federal property disposal program in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard..

The White Shoal Light, located 20 miles west of Mackinac Bridge, sold for $110,000; the North Manitou Offshore Light located southeast of North Manitou Island in Leland, Michigan, sold for $73,000; and the Grays Reef Light, located four miles west of Waugashance Island in Bliss Township, Michigan, sold for nearly $53,000.

Meanwhile, the Gravelly Shoal Offshore Light (photo), located three miles offshore on the western side of Saginaw Bay, Michigan, originally sold in 2015, but when the winner defaulted, the light was re-offered to the remaining registered bidders and sold for $15,000.

GSA will deed each light once the buyers have obtained private use agreements, currently in process with the Michigan State Department of Environmental Quality.

Finally, an auction for the Minneapolis Shoal Light, located 7 miles south of Peninsula Point near Big Bay de Noc, Michigan, was cancelled and rescheduled for spring 2017 after perpetual weather problems forced the Coast Guard to cancel opportunities for bidders to inspect the property.


News Around the Region

Finance & Commerce Recognizes Whipple Renovation as 'Top Project'


Long shot of the front entrance of the renovated Whipple Federal BuildingThe Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building Renovation was chosen recently as a Top Project of 2014 by Finance & Commerce, recognizing Minnesota's best new construction, significant addition, or remodeling projects from all nominations. The Whipple renovation is featured in the July 10 print edition of the magazine and will be recognized at an awards presentation at the Muse Event Center in downtown Minneapolis on Wed., Oct. 21.

Michigan, Wisconsin Lighthouses Sold at Public Auction


Medium shot of red house and light tower of Sturgeon Bay LighthouseIn an effort to save tax dollars while preserving the past, GSA recently sold two lighthouses to public citizens via online auction. The Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal North Pierhead lighthouse in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., sold for $48,500 to Gordon Krist of Paris, Kentucky, on Sept. 12, 2014, while the Round Island Passage lighthouse near Mackinac Island, Mich., sold for $65,500 to Edward Glosemeyer of St. Louis, Missouri, on Sept. 29. Visit for additional lighthouse and auction information. Read Press Release of Original Offering>

Renovated Chicago Federal Building Wins AIA Design Excellence Award


Exterior night shot of 11 West Quincy Court Federal Building, Chicago

CHICAGO – The American Institute of Architects, Chicago, recently recognized GSA’s 11 West Quincy Court Federal Building at its 58th annual Design Excellence Awards. GSA’s renovation of the building was selected as one of 12 winners out of more than 100 entries in the Distinguished Building Category. By renovating the former Bond department store, GSA preserved a building with deep ties to the local economy and Chicago’s historic State Street. GSA’s renovation preserved the building's architecturally significant exterior while providing a modern, glass-enclosed, energy-efficient interior, which has earned Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification. The project also transformed Quincy Court from a service alley to the building's new main entrance, tying the building into the Federal Campus. (Christopher Barrett photo)


Last Reviewed 2017-07-17