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Harold F. and Ragna Mickelson Harper House

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1927–1929, Harold C. Beckett of Akitt and Beckett; Clarence Whybrow, interior design. 1408 Cambridge Rd.

The largest and most lavish Tudor Revival house in the subdivision is the thirty-five-room Harper house. The turreted and gabled light yellowish- and grayish-brown Indiana sandstone house has a slate roof and ornamental clustered chimneys. Marble, woodcarving, mosaics, and frescoes decorate the interior. The site is landscaped with pools, a fountain, gazebo, and sunken garden. It was built for Harold F. Harper (1881–1949), president and general manager of the Motor Wheel Company, and his wife, Ragna Mickelson (1880–1953).

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Harold F. and Ragna Mickelson Harper House", [Lansing, 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, 294-294.

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