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Telgham and Anna W. Pickering Summer House

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1898–1902, Mead and White. Lot 27. Visible from the water
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)
  • Elevation (Courtesy of Kathryn Bishop Eckert)
  • First floor plan (Courtesy of Kathryn Bishop Eckert)

One of the more fanciful and ornate cottages designed by Mead and White, this was built for Cincinnati hardware merchant Telgham Pickering and his wife, Anna (1888–1906). A picturesque assortment of shapes flows around the mass, merging interior and exterior spaces by means of towers, dormers, covered porches, balconies, stairways, and large windows. Shingle roofing and shingle and clapboard siding integrate the composition. Originally the shingles were painted a dark color such as olive to blend with nature.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Telgham and Anna W. Pickering Summer 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, 412-412.

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