Hughes House (Elk Rapids, Michigan)

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Hughes House
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Hughes House (Elk Rapids, Michigan) is located in Michigan
Hughes House (Elk Rapids, Michigan)
Hughes House (Elk Rapids, Michigan) is located in the US
Hughes House (Elk Rapids, Michigan)
Location 109 Elm St., Elk Rapids, Michigan
Coordinates 44°53′49″N 85°25′4″W / 44.89694°N 85.41778°W / 44.89694; -85.41778Coordinates: 44°53′49″N 85°25′4″W / 44.89694°N 85.41778°W / 44.89694; -85.41778
Area less than one acre
Built 1868 (1868)
NRHP Reference # 76001024[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 6, 1976
Designated MSHS October 21, 1975[2]

The Hughes House is a house located at 109 Elm Street in Elk Rapids, Michigan. It was built in 1867 as a guest house for travellers going through Elk Rapids via stagecoach or steamboat. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1975[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[1] It is a well-preserved example of popular vernacular architecture.


The Hughes House was constructed in approximately 1868 by a local carpenter as a guest house, located on the stagecoach road between Traverse City and Petoskey.[2] In 1877, it was purchased by settlers John and Martha Hughes. They operated it until 1898, when their daughter, Alice Hughes Butler, inherited the house. She added the veranda and remodeled the interior into a family dwelling.[3] Alice Hughes Butler lived in the house for many years, and her daughter, Josephine Butler Cary, continued living there until at least 1980. The House was most recently purchased in July 2014 by Matthew and Anne Conrad of Elk Rapids as their permanent residence. Recent improvements include foundation re-support and insulation of the exterior walls.


The Hughes House is a rectangular 2-1/2-story frame house with a gable roof and clapboard siding on a fieldstone foundation.[2] It has a wrap-around veranda decorated with stickwork and turned spindles. This interior has over 3500 square feet of space, with seven bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths, and a kitchen, dining room, and family room on each floor.[4]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Hughes House". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved January 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Hughes House, Elk Rapids". The Michigan Assessor. 21. 1980. 
  4. ^ "109 Elm Street, Elk Rapids, MI 49629". Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors. Retrieved January 8, 2014.