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The Archway (William M. Parker House)

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William M. Parker House
c. 1900. 61 E. Beach Dr., East Wequetonsing
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)

The Archway typifies the large, comfortable summer houses found at Wequetonsing, Harbor Point, and Mackinac Island at the end of the nineteenth century. This gambrel-roofed cottage's projecting bays and porches and recessed porches offer the opportunity to mingle with nature in all kinds of weather. Constructed of indigenous materials—stone, wood, and shingles—the cottage's exterior was originally stained brown or green, or weathered to blend with the natural surroundings. Houses like The Archway inspired the larger-than-life, year-round Robert Mossburg House on Beach Drive recently designed by Robert B. Sears of Grand Rapids.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "The Archway (William M. Parker House)", [Harbor Springs, 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, 410-410.

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