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Grice House Museum (James G. and Jane Mason Grice House)

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James G. and Jane Mason Grice House
c. 1875, c. 1884. 865 N. Huron Ave.
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)

Lacking explicit stylistic references, the L-shaped Grice house is an excellent example of vernacular architecture; its design was an expression of need, availability of materials, and limited local architectural knowledge. The exterior clapboard walls of the original south wing contrast with those of the newer, rough-faced, ashlar fieldstone north wing. In 1874 James Grice (b. 1821) came to Sand Beach, now Harbor Beach, with his wife, Jane, to establish a shingle mill. Soon after arriving he built the clapboard house. In 1884 the house passed to his son Joseph, who built the fieldstone wing. Eventually the house was handed down to the next Grice generation. Presently the City of Harbor Beach operates the house as a museum. A one-room school built in 1920 was added to the museum property in 1988.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Grice House Museum (James G. and Jane Mason Grice House)", [Harbor Beach, 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, 355-355.

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