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John Stern House

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c. 1880. 9906 Frankenmuth Rd.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

Built by Bavarian native John Stern, the end-gabled house uses projecting sawtooth quoins like the William Kirk and William Ellison houses ( TU7) and it also incorporates a rounded, two-story, recessed archway with a second-story balcony in the middle of the front facade. Compared to the more typical examples from the early twentieth century, the nineteenth-century examples of patterned and polychromatic brickwork demonstrate the distinctive influence that rural Ontario building traditions had on Michigan's Thumb.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "John Stern House", [Vassar, 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, 360-360.

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