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Sawyer House (Alfred Isaac and Sarah Toll Sawyer House)

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Alfred Isaac and Sarah Toll Sawyer House
1872–1873. 320 E. Front St.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

The large, symmetrical, brick Italian Villa befitted “one of the most eminent physicians and surgeons in Southern Michigan [with] an extensive and lucrative practice,” as noted by Talcott E. Wing in his History of Monroe County (1890). It was built for Dr. Alfred Isaac Sawyer (b. 1828) and his wife, Sarah. Sawyer, who secured the establishment of the homeopathy department at the University of Michigan, served as mayor of Monroe in 1869–1870 and in 1878. Bracketed eaves, corbeled chimneys, an unusual round-arched central wall dormer, corner quoins, and cresting enliven the two-and-a-half-story house. The house is open to the public.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Sawyer House (Alfred Isaac and Sarah Toll Sawyer 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, 133-133.

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