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Houses on Leelanau Avenue

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c. 1900. 211, 219, and 231 Leelanau Ave.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

High on a hill that overlooked Betsie Bay and Lake Michigan before the construction of other houses obstructed the view stands a group of wood-frame, clapboard, and shingled houses of some pretension. Tucked into the corner of a front ell of the Queen Anne Edwin and Marguerite Lobb House at 211 Leelanau Avenue, erected in 1900–1903 by B. S. Brumley of Caro, is a three-story pyramidal-roofed tower fronted with a conical-roofed, one-story, wraparound porch. A profusion of wings, bays, gables, porches, and towers extends from the rectangular James Lockhart House (Morningside Bed-and-Breakfast), built in 1895 at 219 Leelanau Avenue, and from the Gothic Revival A. G. Butler House of 1869 at 231 Leelanau Avenue. All three were used as summer houses.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Houses on Leelanau Avenue", [Frankfort, 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, 440-440.

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