Frank A. and Rae E. Harris Kramer House

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Frank A. and Rae E. Harris Kramer House
Kramer and Harris House Gaylord MI.jpg
Frank A. and Rae E. Harris Kramer House is located in Michigan
Frank A. and Rae E. Harris Kramer House
Location 221 N. Center Ave., Gaylord, Michigan
Coordinates 45°1′47″N 84°40′27″W / 45.02972°N 84.67417°W / 45.02972; -84.67417Coordinates: 45°1′47″N 84°40′27″W / 45.02972°N 84.67417°W / 45.02972; -84.67417
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1896 (1896)
Architectural style Queen Anne
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 02001507[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 12, 2002
Designated MSHS February 18, 1993[2]

The Frank A. and Rae E. Harris Kramer House is a private house located at 221 North Center Avenue in Gaylord, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1993[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[1]

History[edit]

Frank Kramer was a Russian Jewish immigrant who settled in Gaylord[3] and began a clothing and dry goods business known as "Kramer’s Busy Big Store."[4] He and his wife Rae were prominent local citizens in Gaylord.[2] Frank Kramer was a school board member, was active in fraternal organizations, and was one of the organizers of the Gaylord State Savings Bank in 1893. Rae Harris Kramer was a member of the Red Cross and the Ostego County Board, among other organizations.[2] In 1896, the couple built this house for their own use.[3]

Frank Kramer died in 1928 at the age of 72, and Rae Kramer died in 1960 at the age of 92.[2] The house was completely restored by the current owners.[5]

Description[edit]

The Frank and Rae Kramer House is a 5-bedroom,[3] 2-1/2 story wood frame Queen Anne structure on a concrete foundation. It is covered with clapboard to the second-story line, above which it is clad with a variety of decorative shingling. It has a steeply pitched cross-gable roof, and multiple decorative bracketry. A wide porch wraps around two facades.[2]

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 f "Kramer, Frank A., and Rae E. Harris, House". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Hillary Dickerson (October 21, 2002). "Gaylord's Kramer house: Home recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places". Petoskey News. 
  4. ^ "Gaylord of Today - Souvenir Edition". Otsego County Herald. September 15, 1905. 
  5. ^ Walking Tour of Gaylord, Otsego County Historical Museum