Hudson-Evans House

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Hudson-Evans House
Location 79 Alfred Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°20′37″N 83°3′13″W / 42.34361°N 83.05361°W / 42.34361; -83.05361Coordinates: 42°20′37″N 83°3′13″W / 42.34361°N 83.05361°W / 42.34361; -83.05361
Built 1872
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Second Empire, Italianate
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 75000966[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 05, 1975
Designated MSHS November 15, 1973[2]

The Hudson-Evans House is a private, single-family home located at 79 Alfred Street in the Brush Park Historic District of Detroit, Michigan. It is also known as the Joseph Lothian Hudson House or the Grace Whitney Evans House,[3] and is currently used as the offices of a law firm. The house was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1973[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1]

History[edit]

The Hudson-Evans House was built circa 1872/73 for Philo Wright, a Detroit-based ship owner.[4] In 1882, the house was given as a wedding present to Grace Whitney Evans, daughter of the lumber baron David Whitney Jr. (builder of the David Whitney House).[4] Grace Evans was active in numerous charitable activities, and later became the first president of the Detroit YWCA. Between 1894 and 1904 Mrs. Evans rented the house to Joseph Lowthian Hudson, founder of Detroit’s J.L. Hudson Company department store.[4][5]

The structure is now used for the law offices of VanOverbeke, Michaud, & Timmony, P. C.

Description[edit]

The Hudson-Evans House is a three-story house built of red brick on a rough-cut stone foundation,[3] designed in a French Second Empire architectural style with Italianate influences. The floor-plan is basically rectangular,[3] but the elaborate two-story bay windows that grace both sides of the house minimize the severity of the design. Arched moldings top the windows in the home,[3] and the mansard roof includes colored slate laid in a decorative pattern.[4] The porch on the home was apparently added after the original construction.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Hudson-Evans House". Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e The Hudson-Evans Home from Detroit1701.org
  4. ^ a b c d Hudson-Evans House from the city of Detroit
  5. ^ 79 Alfred. VMT Law. Retrieved on September 27, 2009.

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