This little house on Otsego's main street resembles a design that Charles W. Caskey developed in the Allegan vicinity and later employed for cottages on Mackinac Island ( MK14). It has a Latin cross plan and a three-sided porch that wraps in a U shape around the front wing. The rooms flow together and the porches merge the inside with the out-of-doors. A native of Allegan, Caskey first went to northern Michigan in the 1880s to build cottages at the Presbyterian Resort, what is now Wequetonsing, and established himself as a builder in Harbor Springs. This plan was ideally suited for the cottages he built in the Little Traverse Region and on Mackinac Island. It is a fascinating and truly regional invention.
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Richard Thompson House
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