You are here

Grand Victorian Bed-and-Breakfast Inn (Henry Richardi House)

-A A +A
Henry Richardi House
1895. 402 N. Bridge St.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

In 1895, when Henry Richardi (b. 1863) bought out the Bellaire Wooden Ware Company (Richardi and Bechtold Wooden Ware Company), which was his father's business and Bellaire's primary employer, he erected across Antrim Street from the factory one of northern Michigan's finest wooden Queen Anne houses. Gables, overhangs, bays, and a square corner tower with bell-cast roof project from the boxy wooden mass of the house. Exquisite hand carving and expert carpentry abound throughout the house—in the carved capitals of the porch columns, in rows of square panels enframed by windows, in the staircase, and on and on. Bird's-eye maple finishes the living room and a different wood trims every other room. The fine craftsmanship is the product of the German woodworkers employed in the Richardi factory, who assisted in the construction of the house.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert



Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Grand Victorian Bed-and-Breakfast Inn (Henry Richardi House)", [Bellaire, 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, 420-420.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.