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Eliphalet Turner House

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1846. 731 Front Ave. NW
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

This Greek Revival house was the home of one of the area's earliest settlers, Eliphalet Haskius Turner (1795–1870), who acted as clerk of the first town meeting, held in 1834. The two-story, front-gable house with the discontinuous cornice has an Ionic-columned distyle in antis side entrance flanked by windows. Built of locally quarried Grand River limestone shortly after the first bridge was constructed across the Grand River, it was the first stone structure built on the west side of the river. The house is open to the public.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Eliphalet Turner House", [Grand Rapids, 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, 256-256.

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