Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Some Architectural Beauties in Marshall, Michigan

In 1965 my father, Joseph Pedersen, was transferred to Michigan. He worked for Kellogg's of Battle Creek. I was 17 and the third born of 8 children. What an adventure! Mother found a beautiful house in gorgeous, historic, Marshall, Michigan. My dear husband, Gregory LeFever, was raised in Marshall. We were back there recently and I got a few pictures of some of my favorite houses.

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The fountain at the beginning of town. Our house was kitty corner to it.



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A lovely Italianate style of house.



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A gorgeous Italianate house next door to the previous one. I hope to have our Italianate house, here in Oregon, to be painted in this lovely color combination.




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The National House Inn. It was built in the 1830's and it is where we stay when we visit Greg's family. I apologize for such a tiny picture. Here is a website for you to see it better: National House Inn.



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The back garden at National House Inn.



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This was once a lovely home on the main street in town. Now it is a business. I cannot tell you how much I adore the Italianate style of houses.



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The Honolulu House. This is now a museum that was built in 1860. It was across the street from my parents' lovely home. Here is some HISTORY on it.


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Our house! My bedroom was the one upstairs on the left. The house has three floors in that what would seem like an attic was actually a servants' quarter. The house is a Gothic style built in 1861. Beautiful entry hall and upstairs hallway. Formal parlor and dining room with marble fireplaces. A courtyard in the back with a carriage house behind it. 



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The Brooks House which is so gorgeous and finally, someone had the forever yellow paint sandblasted off of it and restored it to its original beauty. This house is a block behind ours.




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A lovely fieldstone, early mansion. Sorry about the lousy picture. This house was across the street from the Brook house, but to the west.



Mind you, there are hundreds of gorgeous old homes throughout all of Marshall, and of course, many of them are early, which means pre-1850. My heart belongs to the Victorian era. I love manly aspects of early, but I belong in a Victorian. This is why it is easy for me to remain out West where we have many lovely Victorians.
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My favorite house in Marshall is this Italianate home, The Cronin Home. Oh how sad that it is falling into disrepair. Please someone buy it and restore it. It's not too far gone either.
















5 comments:

Jennifer Hepler said...

Christine, I am from Battle Creek! We go to Marshall often and taken in the beauty!

An Historical Lady said...
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An Historical Lady said...

Just beautiful! A wonderful post! I lived my whole life in the midwest until moving alone from Illinois to a small, 235 year old house in rural New Hampshire 15 years ago. I have never been back to the midwest since, and your post is like a little time travel back to my roots...
Thanks for sharing~
Mary
http://anhistoricallady.blogspot.com

www.thecountryladyantiques.com

Lady Linda said...

How fun to see all the lovely homes. I love to look at old houses. Thanks for sharing Ms Pippi Longstockings.

Margaret said...

I just discovered your website and took a wonderful trip back in time to Marshall! I lived in Olivet, Michigan years and years (actually decades) ago and remember Marshall and especially remembered the Honolulu House. I live in Colorado now but have fond memories of life in Olivet when my children were small.
Thank you so much!