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Hall-Fowler Memorial Library (Frederick and Ann Eager Hall House)
The Hall house is one of western Michigan's finest Italianate residences. An octagonal bracketed belvedere caps the low-pitched hipped roof of the nearly square house. Smooth-cut variegated light reddish- and yellowish-brown Ionia sandstone blocks are laid in the exterior walls in even courses with quoins, and yellow brick is used for the rear wall. The elaborateness of the eave brackets is repeated in the porches. Equally impressive is the rich walnut, oak, and decorative plasterwork of the interior. Frederick Hall (1816–1883) left Vermont and came to Michigan in 1836 and to Ionia in 1841. Here, Hall speculated in land and timber and became a banker. He was considered the county's wealthiest man and was elected Ionia's first mayor in 1873. Hall had local contractor Mills build this spectacular house. Donated to the city in 1903, it currently houses the public library.
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