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Edward P. and Clara Virginia White Ferry House

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1871–1872, Phillip Wooley. 514 Lafayette St.

The extravagantly elegant clapboarded wooden Italianate house richly encrusted with carving is associated with the pioneer family of Ottawa County. Its first occupants were Edward P. Ferry (1837–1917) and his wife, Clara Virginia White. Son of William M. and Amanda Ferry, who landed at the site of present-day Grand Haven in 1834, Ferry was a local lumberman and entrepreneur. The interior has two marble mantels and extensive wood trim. The fancy wood trim was probably installed to the Ferrys' orders in 1874, when they acquired the house.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Edward P. and Clara Virginia White Ferry House", [Grand Haven, 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, 282-282.

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