Winter Inn

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Winter Inn
Winter Inn is located in Michigan
Winter Inn
Winter Inn is located in the US
Winter Inn
Location 100 N. Lafayette St., Greenville, Michigan
Coordinates 43°10′52″N 85°15′9″W / 43.18111°N 85.25250°W / 43.18111; -85.25250Coordinates: 43°10′52″N 85°15′9″W / 43.18111°N 85.25250°W / 43.18111; -85.25250
Area less than one acre
Built 1902 (1902)
Architectural style Late Victorian Vernacular
NRHP reference # 80001883[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 17, 1980
Designated MSHS September 10, 1979[2]

The Winter Inn is a hotel located at 100 N. Lafayette Street in Greenville, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1979[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1] The building is significant as a still-functioning example of a modest, locally owned hotel of a type once common in small towns like Greenville.


T.B. Winter, c1896

A string of different hotel buildings were constructed on this site beginning in 1850.[2] These included two successive structures known as the Rossman House hotels, the Merritt House, and the Webster House (later renamed the Northern Hotel).[3] The Northern House was destroyed by fire in 1900, and its owner, Thomas B. Winter,[4] then constructed the present building in 1901-02. He added a rear wing containing a dance hall in 1902-03.[3] The Winter Inn served as a small, locally owned hotel under a string of owners until 1978, when it suffered a fire. After the fire, the inn was restored to its original 1902 appearance and reopened in 1980.[5]


The Winter Inn is a three-story, L-shaped red brick Late Victorian Vernacular hotel with a flat roof. The construction is generally utilitarian, with external decoration confined to brownstone beltcourses above the second and third story windows and a metal-bracketed cornice. Most windows are asymmetrically-arranged one-over-one sash windows, but three arched tripartite windows with leaded glass fanlights are arranged on the first floor. There is a double-door entrance at the canted corner.[2]


  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 "Winter Inn". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Robert O. Christensen, So You Want to List Your Commercial District in the National Register of Historic Places? How to Do It – What Is Required (PDF) 
  4. ^ Headlight Flashes Along the Detroit, Lansing & Northern Line, Chicago Railroad Publishing Company, 1896, p. 18 
  5. ^ "Greenville, MI Hotel, Fine Dining and Lounge". Winter Inn. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 

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