Shiloh House (Benton Harbor, Michigan)

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Shiloh House
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Shiloh House (Benton Harbor, Michigan) is located in Michigan
Shiloh House (Benton Harbor, Michigan)
Shiloh House (Benton Harbor, Michigan) is located in the United States
Shiloh House (Benton Harbor, Michigan)
Location1055 E. Britain Rd., Benton Harbor, Michigan
Coordinates42°6′30″N 86°25′57″W / 42.10833°N 86.43250°W / 42.10833; -86.43250Coordinates: 42°6′30″N 86°25′57″W / 42.10833°N 86.43250°W / 42.10833; -86.43250
ArchitectHouse of David Colony
Architectural styleQueen Anne
NRHP reference #72000594[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 29, 1972
Designated MSHSDecember 10, 1971[2]

Shiloh House in Benton Harbor, Michigan was built in Queen Anne style by the House of David Colony. It was built in 1910 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1]


The House of David was founded in 1903 by Benjamin Purnell. Believers came to this site in Benton Harbor to join the commune. To accommodate the growing number of converts, a number of buildings were erected around this site. One of the members of the commune built a machine to construct cement blocks, which were then used to construct the buildings. Shiloh House, constructed in 1910, was the first building to use blocks from the commune itself.[3]

Reportedly, Purnell's favorite girls were kept in this building, until the details were revealed in the 1920s. Afterward, it has been used for office and dormitory space.[3]


Shiloh House is a two-and-a-half story Queen Anne building constructed of cement blocks. It is composed of a main section in the front and two equally sized sections to the rear, connected to the main section with covered archways. It has a hip roof, round turrets, and a center porch able topped with a dome and finial. Balconies on the second and third floor have curved archways between the columns and decorative wooden railings.[3]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ State of Michigan (2009). "Shiloh House/Administration Building". Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Constance Henslee (January 3, 1972), NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES INVENTORY -NOMINATION FORM: Shiloh House / Administration Building