The John Haarer Building at 113 West Liberty Street was built in 1888 by photographer John Haarer. This handsome Richardsonian Romanesque structure featured the city's first plate glass storefront window.
The building now houses the West Side Book Shop.
John Haarer, one of Ann Arbor’s early photographers, showed that his artistry went beyond photography when he built an elegant brick storefront studio and home at 113 West Liberty. After surviving an attempt to tear it down for parking in the 1960s, the 1888 building is today home to the West Side Book Shop, with the upper stories a wonderful urban apartment.