Charles Mears Silver Lake Boardinghouse

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Charles Mears Silver Lake Boardinghouse
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Charles Mears Silver Lake Boardinghouse is located in Michigan
Charles Mears Silver Lake Boardinghouse
Charles Mears Silver Lake Boardinghouse is located in USA
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
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 Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  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.