Michigan Governor's Summer Residence
Lawrence Andrew Young Cottage
Michigan Governor's summer residence on Mackinac Island
|Location||Jct. of Fort Hill and Huron Rd., Mackinac Island, Michigan|
|Area||1.6 acres (0.65 ha)|
|Built by||Patrick Doud|
|Architect||Frederick W. Perkins|
|Architectural style||Arts and Crafts|
|NRHP reference No.||97000800|
|Added to NRHP||November 17, 1997|
The Michigan Governor's Summer Residence, also known as the Lawrence A. Young Cottage, is a house located at the junction of Fort Hill and Huron roads on Mackinac Island, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
In 1895, the Mackinac Island State Park Commission voted to lease cottage sites on Mackinac Island, with the stipulation that lessees must construct a cottage worth at least $3000 on the site within one year. The fourth such lease was issued in 1901 to Chicago attorney Lawrence Andrew Young. Young retained architect Frederick W. Perkins to design the house and hired contractor Patrick Doud to construct it.
The house was owned later by the Hugo Scherer family of Detroit. In 1944, the Mackinac Island State Park Commission purchased the home for its original cost of $15,000. Since then, the commission has provided the care and maintenance of the residence and surrounding gardens, and the cottage has served as the official Michigan Governor's summer residence. The house has hosted multiple significant overnight guests, including presidents Harry S. Truman, Gerald R. Ford, and George H. W. Bush.
In October 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced it had foiled a kidnapping plot against incumbent Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The plotters reportedly intended to kidnap her at either the residence or her personal vacation home.
The governor's summer residence is a three-story, L-shaped, Arts and Crafts structure located on a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. It has a stone foundation and full basement, with the third floor built into the wood shingled hipped roof. The walls and roof are finished with wood shingles, while the chimneys and basement walls are constructed from large limestone rocks.
The main facade, overlooking the village below, is symmetrical, with shingled corners and a recessed veranda. The rear wall of the porch is finished with board and batten siding, and contains large windows. The second floor above is shingled, and there are three dormers on the upper floor. One of the side facade has two massive chimneys and a small enclosed porch. The rear facade features a recessed kitchen porch. The remaining facade holds the main entrance, and contains both a recessed porch with shingled corners and another protruding porch. Above, the second floor has two large bay windows, and there is a large dormer above.
On the interior, the main floor contains a large dining room and living room, along with a sun room, servant's dining room, kitchen, rear entry and stair hall, a kitchen pantry and a butler's pantry. The living room has a staircase which wraps around a fireplace. The second floor has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a play room. The third floor originally had four bedrooms and one bathroom for servants. It has been remodeled to contain two additional bedrooms, with one of the original bedrooms converted to a bathroom. The house also has a full basement, and contains approximately 7100 square feet.
The interior features U.S. Southern yellow pine. The house retains many original fixtures and furnishings, including the Young family crystal in a leaded-glass china cupboard located in the dining room and a tall case clock in the living room.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
- Frank, Richard C. (October 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Young, Lawrence A., Cottage".
- "Mackinac Island Residence". State of Michigan.
- Mikus, Matt (June 9, 2012). "Inside the Governor's Residence: First Lady Shares Glimpse of Summer House Renovations". Mackinac Island Town Crier.
- Livengood, Chad (October 8, 2020). "Feds foil militia plot to kidnap Whitmer from her northern Michigan vacation home". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
- Chute, Nate (October 8, 2020). "What we know about the plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer and how the FBI foiled the militia's plan". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
- "The Governors Residence Foundation" - State of Michigan
- Mackinac Island Residence - State of Michigan
- Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau Website