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Oscar Hancock House

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1880. 5 Reading Ave.

This house may be Hillsdale's best example of the Second Empire style in residential architecture. The three-story, irregularly massed Italianate house has numerous bay windows, elaborate wood trim, and it is capped by a mansard roof broken by dormers. Intricate plaster ceiling medallions, butternut floors, and a grand open staircase of walnut decorate the interior. The house was built for Oscar Hancock, a leading Hillsdale grocer.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Oscar Hancock House", [Hillsdale, 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, 192-192.

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