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Nelson Harrington House

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1903. 4811 Cook Rd., 3.5 miles north of Akron
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)

The Nelson Harrington House displays a number of features typical of polychromatic houses, such as the diamond-shaped panel below the front gable and the sawtooth-like quoining. Both devices are constructed of bricks whose color contrasts with those used in the rest of the house. Beyond the use of polychromatic and patterned brick, the house, by an Ontario immigrant, reflects the Ontario influence through the use of the steeply pitched, one-bay-wide gable typical of the rural Ontario Gothic Revival. Additionally the house's irregular T-plan is identical to that found on many of its Ontario predecessors.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Nelson Harrington House", [Akron, 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, 357-359.

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