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Richard Thompson House

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1880s. 319 E. Allegan St.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

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.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Richard Thompson House", [Otsego, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 271-271.

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