Edward Loranger House

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Edward Loranger House
Edward Loranger House is located in Michigan
Edward Loranger House
Location within the state of Michigan
Edward Loranger House is located in the US
Edward Loranger House
Edward Loranger House (the US)
Location 7211 S. Stoney Creek Road
Frenchtown Charter Township, Michigan
Coordinates 41°55′54″N 83°22′22″W / 41.93167°N 83.37278°W / 41.93167; -83.37278Coordinates: 41°55′54″N 83°22′22″W / 41.93167°N 83.37278°W / 41.93167; -83.37278
Built 1825
Architect Edward Loranger
NRHP reference # 84001807[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 31, 1984
Designated MSHS October 2, 1980[2]

The Edward Loranger House is a private residence located at 7211 South Stoney Creek Road in Frenchtown Charter Township in Monroe County, Michigan.[3] It was listed as a Michigan Historic Site on October 2, 1980[2] and added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 31, 1984.[1] The house is significant as one of the oldest authentic structures in Michigan — having undergone very little modifications since it was first built.[2]


Edward Loranger was born in Trois-Rivières, Canada in 1796. He moved to Michigan in 1816, and in 1822 purchased the land on which this house is now located.He became one of the most prominent landowners and architects in early Monroe County, and constructed many buildings in the area. This house was built in 1825. Loranger married Marianne Navarre In 1826, and the couple had five children. Loranger died in 1887.[4]

The house fell into disrepair over the years but was restored in 1941.[2] It was during this restoration that the dormers were added to the roof. The house remains privately owned.[4]


The Edward Loranger House is a 1½ story, red brick gabled farmhouse on the banks of Stoney Creek about five miles (8 km) north of Monroe and three miles (4.8 km) south of the village of Carleton. The house is a fairly simple and common French-Canadian-style house with no exterior decor.[3] A single-story addition, constructed in 1861, is connected to the rear.

The house is rectangular, and symmetrical in plan, with a center entrance with windows on each side; the windows are six-over-six double hing units, and have stone lintels and sills. A chimney is located at each gable end. It sits on a stone foundation.[4]

The house originally had two rooms and an attic inside. The wall separating the two rooms constructed of brique en poteaux, meaning brick placed between vertical posts. This was an early French-Canadian construction technique. There are two more rooms in the 1861 addition.[4]

The property also includes five outbuildings - a brick smokehouse, a barn, a playhouse, and two storage buildings. Loranger also constructed a gristmill and sawmill on his property. These have since been moved to The Henry Ford.[4]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d State of Michigan (2001–2003). "Loranger, Edward, House". Retrieved November 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Hutchinson, Craig & Kimberly (2005). Images of America: Monroe, the Early Year. Great Britain: Acadia Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 0-7385-3374-2. Retrieved November 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Christing Lynn Kull; Brian Conway (October 24, 1981), National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form: Edward Loranger House  (note: large pdf file)