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Charles R. and Florence Parshall Henry House

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1902–1904, Owen Fox, contractor and mason; 2004 rehabilitation, Integrated Architecture. 303 State Ave.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

This solid, comfortable, fieldstone Queen Anne house fronts on Thunder Bay. Characteristic of Queen Anne is the irregular silhouette, intersecting gable, round tower, and the turreted, ample porch. It is reminiscent in its rough texture of the domestic work of H. H. Richardson. The fieldstones, from the bottom of Lake Huron at the nearby Cathro area and from glacial deposits on North Point, were laid by Owen Fox, a local stonemason, using Alpena Portland cement for the mortar in the eighteen-inch-thick walls. The interior features three brick and tile fireplaces, various types of hardwood woodwork, and antique brass fixtures.

Born in Lenawee County, Charles R. Henry (1856–1926) was a lawyer and newspaper publisher who arrived in Alpena to participate in the prosperity of the 1900s. In 1884 he served as state senator.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Charles R. and Florence Parshall Henry House", [Alpena, 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, 463-463.

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