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Daniel and Priscilla Frain Quirk Sr. House (Ypsilanti City Hall)

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Ypsilanti City Hall
c. 1860. 300 N. Huron St.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

This fine house was built by prominent businessman Daniel L. Quirk Sr. (1818–1911) and his wife, Priscilla Frain. Quirk Sr. was founder of the Peninsular Paper Company, the First National Bank of Ypsilanti, and other enterprises. It is basically an Italianate building with a mansard roof, which is characteristic of much of American Second Empire work. A dormered, mansard-roofed central tower projects from the symmetrically arranged brick residence. Hexagonal slate shingles hung in patterns of gray, red, and tan cover the tower and the main roof. There is a matching carriage house. In about 1911 the Quirk family gave the house to the City of Ypsilanti, and it served as city hall from 1914 to 1974. Today it is used for commercial offices.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert

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