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Carroll Sherman and Bessie E. Jones House

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1898–1900, Almon C. Varney. 170 W. Main St.

This well-proportioned house is a good example of a building combining elements of Dutch Colonial Revival with the sensitive use of richly textured materials. Designed by Detroit architect Varney (1849–1930), the house was built for Carroll Sherman Jones (1857–1921), the younger son of George Washington Jones, who was one of the cofounders of the village of Marcellus, a livestock-raising center in the prairie land of Cass County. Carroll Sherman Jones served as cashier in the G. W. Jones Exchange Bank, which opened in 1877 in a two-story frame building, but moved into the stone-fronted building erected in 1890 and added to in 1912, at 123 W. Main Street. In 1898, Jones commissioned Varney, author of the popular architecture book Our Homes and Their Adornments (1884), to draw up plans for an elaborate shingle and fieldstone house just east of his late father's wooden Queen Anne house on W. Main Street. The result is this slate-clad gambrel-roofed building of rock-faced stone with shingled gables and a slate-clad cone-roofed round tower. The house's fine classical details include a round porch with Tuscan columns, multi-light windows, and dentil-trimmed cornices.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert



Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Carroll Sherman and Bessie E. Jones House", [Marcellus, 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, 226-226.

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