Charles Mears Silver Lake Boardinghouse

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Charles Mears Silver Lake Boardinghouse
Charles Mears Silver Lake Boardinghouse is located in Michigan
Charles Mears Silver Lake Boardinghouse
Nearest city Mears, Michigan
Coordinates 43°39′20″N 86°32′15″W / 43.65556°N 86.53750°W / 43.65556; -86.53750Coordinates: 43°39′20″N 86°32′15″W / 43.65556°N 86.53750°W / 43.65556; -86.53750
Area 1.5 acres (0.61 ha)
Built 1866
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 86002115[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 31, 1986
Designated MSHS December 5, 1986[2]

The Charles Mears Silver Lake Boardinghouse is a boardinghouse located at the outlet of Silver Lake, near Mears, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]

History[edit]

Charles Mears c 1856

Charles Mears was a Chicago lumberman who controlled timberland and owned mills across Michigan.[3] Mears built a number of boardinghouses for his workers, as did other lumbermen;[2] this boardinghouse was constructed in 1866.[4] Mears's boardinghouses were unique in that they were also open to the general public.[2]

Description[edit]

The Charles Mears Silver Lake Boardinghouse is a two-story, rectangular structure measuring 70 feet (21 m) by 28 feet (8.5 m), with a one-story wing kitchen measuring 25 feet (7.6 m) by 25 feet (7.6 m) connected to one side.[2] There are four rooms on the main floor, seven on the second, three more in the kitchen wing, as well as a cellar and attic.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Mears, Charles, Silver Lake Boardinghouse". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ David K. Petersen (2010), Ludington Car Ferries, Arcadia Publishing, p. 11, ISBN 9780738560113 
  4. ^ "Charles Mears Silver Lake Boarding House". MichMarkers.com.