Opposite the courthouse square in this community on the Prairie River stands this delightful example of Italianate domestic architecture that is so prominent in southwestern Michigan. It is a two-story, red brick cube with a hipped roof and a pinnacled belvedere. Prominent paired scrolled brackets support the roof of both the house and the belvedere. The frosting on the cake, however, is the two-story recessed porch that runs across one half of the north-facing facade. Its paneled piers are braced with decorative lacy sawed and scrolled wooden brackets. The Cadys came to St. Joseph County in 1835 from Glenville, Schenectady County, New York. In 1873 Harvey Cady (1890–1897) established a knitting mill that became the Dr. Denton's Sleeping Garment Mills. All his life Cady promoted the beautification of Centreville. Along its streets he planted hundreds of trees, and across from the courthouse he erected this house.
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Harvey and Susan Emily Fenn Cady House
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