George and Martha Hitchcock House

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George and Martha Hitchcock House
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George and Martha Hitchcock House is located in Michigan
George and Martha Hitchcock House
Location 205 E. Michigan St., Farwell, Michigan
Coordinates 43°50′11″N 84°51′53″W / 43.83639°N 84.86472°W / 43.83639; -84.86472Coordinates: 43°50′11″N 84°51′53″W / 43.83639°N 84.86472°W / 43.83639; -84.86472
Area less than one acre
Built 1885 (1885)
Architect Mason & Rice
Architectural style Queen Anne
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 82002832[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 21, 1982
Designated MSHS July 29, 1980[2]

The George and Martha Hitchcock House, also known as the Fuller-McGuire House, is a private house located at 205 East Michigan Street in Farwell, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1996[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[1]

History[edit]

George Hitchcock was born in Watertown, Connecticut in 1825.[3] In 1851, he married Martha Hall, daughter of a prominent Detroit family. Hitchcock worked on the railroad for a number of years, and in 1857 moved to Owosso, Michigan and opened a drugstore.[3] He later moved to Isabella County, and in 1870 went into business with his brother-in-law Edmund Hall. In 1871, the Hitchcocks moved to and founded the village of Farwell as part of Hitchcock and Hall's logging operations in Clare County.[2] They established the Farwell City Company, which owned the town, and Farwell became manager of the company. Hitchcock also acted as the city's first postmaster and Clare County's first treasurer, and established mills in the area.[2]

After living in the area for some time, George Hitchcock and his wife Martha hired the Detroit firm of Mason & Rice to design this house; construction was completed in 1885.[2] George Hitchcock died in 1889.[3] The house is still privately owned.

Description[edit]

The George and Martha Hitchcock House is a two-story asymmetrical wood-framed Queen Anne structure clad with clapboards. The front facade spans four bays, with the rightmost bay recessed, transitioning into a bay window corner. The porch was altrered in the 1950s by extending it across the front facade. The attic has a pedimented gable over the three left bays with an elaborate molded lintel.[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 "Hitchcock, George and Martha, House". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Record Publishing Co. (1895), Portrait and biographical record of northern Michigan:, Record Publishing Co., pp. 323–4