David and Elizabeth Bell Boldman House

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David and Elizabeth Bell Boldman House
David and Elizabeth Bell Boldman House DEMOLISHED.jpg
Former site of the David and Elizabeth Bell Boldman House
David and Elizabeth Bell Boldman House is located in Michigan
David and Elizabeth Bell Boldman House
Location 3339 Canton Center Road, Canton Township, Michigan
Nearest city Sheldon, Michigan
Coordinates 42°16′54″N 83°29′9″W / 42.28167°N 83.48583°W / 42.28167; -83.48583Coordinates: 42°16′54″N 83°29′9″W / 42.28167°N 83.48583°W / 42.28167; -83.48583
Area 10.3 acres (4.2 ha)
Built 1835
Architectural style Greek Revival
Governing body Private
MPS Canton Township MPS
NRHP Reference # 00000615[1]
Added to NRHP June 02, 2000

The David and Elizabeth Bell Boldman House was a private house located at 3339 Canton Center Road near Sheldon in Canton Township, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[1] The former site of the house is now vacant.

Description[edit]

The David and Elizabeth Bell Boldman House was a basilica-style Greek Revival with a two-story center section flanked by single-story wings.[2] The center section had an open, two-story portico with a square Doric column at each end and a triangular pediment above. The bascilica style of Greek Revval house is unique to southeast Michigan, western New York and northeast Ohio, and the two-story portico is relatively rare in the north.[2] The front facade had a center door with two flanking windows surrounded by fluted molding, and two matching windows on the second story. The house was built of wood[3] with a foundation of fieldstone,[2] and portions of hand-hewn log construction were visible in the basement.[3]

The Boldmans[edit]

Henry Boldman came to Canton Township from Scotland via New York,[3] one of the first settlers in the township. He built this house around 1835.[2] It was enlarged by his son David Boldman, the establisher of a cheese factory,[3] around 1858.[2] David Boldman was very involved in township government, holding the posts of highway commissioner, constable, and township treasurer multiple times between 1847 and 1875.[3]

The David and Elizabeth Bell Boldman House is significant in its reflection of the growing affluence of the area's settlers and their sense of pride in their improving situation.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Boldman, David and Elizabeth Bell, House". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Kosky and Glynn Associates (April 2000), Historic and Architectural Resources of Canton Township Multiple Property Submission Nomination Form, National Park Service 

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