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Alonzo Whitney and Janet Warden Olds House

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c. 1845. 10084 Rushton Rd.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

An interpretation of the simplicity of classic Greek architecture can be seen in this two-story, wooden, Greek Revival, basilica-type house with an Ionic tetrastyle portico and one-story wings. Coming from New York State in 1832, Alonzo Olds (1810–1898) purchased in 1835 the land on which he later built his house. He raised sheep, built a sawmill, and had increased by nearly eightfold his initial purchase of eighty acres when he sold the house and farm in 1851. Like many buildings recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey in the 1930s, the Olds house is threatened today by development on all sides, particularly by a housing project to the north that takes its name from this centennial farm.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Alonzo Whitney and Janet Warden Olds House", [, 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, 157-158.

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