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Stone House (John and Mary Beecher Longyear Summer House)

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John and Mary Beecher Longyear Summer House
1901–1902, Demetrius Frederick Charlton. North shore of Ives Lake, 3.5 miles from entrance to Huron Mountain Club, approximately 4 miles northwest of Big Bay
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)

Overhanging tranquil Ives Lake against the backdrop of the Huron Mountains is John Longyear's rustic summer house. Like Granot Loma ( MQ24), Longyear's retreat employs the Adirondack Rustic style to its fullest. Tucked against the rocky shore, the gabled granite cottage exposes its lower story as the site drops down to the water's edge. A wooden porch supported and braced by cedar posts and brackets thrusts itself from the building over Ives Lake. The rosemaling decoration, a Scandinavian folk technique of painted and carved floral motifs, used in the interior probably derives from Longyear's visits to his mining operations in Spitzbergen, Norway. Adjacent to the summer house was his farm. Nearby, where the Pine River empties into Lake Superior, is the Huron Mountain Club (Huron Mountain Shooting and Fishing Club) that Longyear, Horatio Seymour Jr., and other Marquette and Detroit businessmen founded in 1889 as a private natural and wildlife reserve where members could enjoy hunting, fishing, and outdoor life. The club and its members gradually acquired twenty-one thousand acres of land. Here, inaccessible to the public but visible from the lake, the rustic but comfortable T-shaped, pine log clubhouse (1892, Demetrius Frederick Charlton) complements its natural surroundings and served as a residence for visitors until the first cabins were erected in 1894. Since then, forty-six wooden and log cabins and camps that harmonize with nature have been built on either side of the Pine River. Members included affluent Michigan families like the Fords, Algers, Ferrys, Newberrys, and Angells—many of whom exploited the resources of the wilderness but saved this particular wilderness as sanctuary and hideaway for themselves. The Huron Mountain Club was a unique midwestern expression of the elaborate, rustic summer retreats in the Adirondack Mountains.

The Stone House was built next to the Longyear's Emblagaard Dairy Farm, which he established in 1893 as a model farm with a dairy building and cow stable and modern and convenient houses. Today Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation owns Stone House.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Stone House (John and Mary Beecher Longyear Summer House)", [Powell, 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, 516-517.

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