Joseph Armstrong House

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Joseph Armstrong House
Armstrong House Lapeer MI.jpg
Joseph Armstrong House is located in Michigan
Joseph Armstrong House
Location within the state of Michigan
Joseph Armstrong House is located in the US
Joseph Armstrong House
Joseph Armstrong House (the US)
Location 707 Monroe Street
Lapeer, Michigan
Coordinates 43°03′20″N 83°18′58″W / 43.05556°N 83.31611°W / 43.05556; -83.31611Coordinates: 43°03′20″N 83°18′58″W / 43.05556°N 83.31611°W / 43.05556; -83.31611
Built 1887–1888
Architect Robert T. Bacon
Architectural style Queen Anne, Late Victorian
MPS Lapeer MRA
NRHP reference # 85001625[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 26, 1985
Designated MSHS July 26, 1985[2]

The John Armstrong House is a private residential structure located at 707 Monroe Street in the city of Lapeer in Lapeer County, Michigan. It was designated as a Michigan State Historic Site and also added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 26, 1985.[1][2]


Built in 1887–1888, the 2½-story house was built in the architectural mix of Queen Anne and Late Victorian style. The house features an irregular floor plan with a variety of window shapes. It was constructed with a combination of stone, brick, and wood for the various features. The interior design of the structure has remained unchanged since its original construction, including a second floor cistern. Between 1888–1892, a two-story addition was built on the back. In 1917, the dormer on the third floor was removed after a fire. In 1941, the porches were altered, and one was removed.[2]


The house was built for prominent local businessman Joseph Armstrong, who moved to the United States from Ireland in 1871. In 1872, he moved to Lapeer in part due to the expanding railroad in the area. He opened a dry goods store that he operated for the next 37 years before retiring. He purchased the site of his home in 1886 and contracted a local carpenter, Robert T. Bacon, to construct the house and other smaller structures on the property within the next two years.

Following Joseph Armstrong's death, the property passed to his son, Jay Armstrong. Jay died in 1956. His wife,Evelyn, lived alone in the house until her death in 1981 when the house was sold.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c State of Michigan (2009). "Armstrong, Joseph, House". Archived from the original on October 7, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2012.