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Israel Epley and Mary Fishburn Ilgenfritz House

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c. 1835; 1874 enlarged. 62 E. Elm Ave.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

This two-story, gable-front, clapboarded Greek Revival house with wing and side entrance was built to satisfy the classical taste of its first owners, Henry Smith (1798–1847) and his wife, Elvira. Smith was a U.S. Army engineer, who came to Monroe from New York to oversee the construction of the harbor of La Plaisance Bay and other government harbors on Lake Erie. In 1874, nearly thirty years after arriving in Monroe and establishing the nursery business that earned the city the title of the “Flower City,” Strasburg-born Israel Epley Ilgenfritz (b. 1824) acquired the house. He and his wife enlarged it to accommodate their twelve children and planted many decorative trees and plants on its grounds.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Israel Epley and Mary Fishburn Ilgenfritz House", [Monroe, 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, 136-136.

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