The temple-form Wilson house with its tetrastyle Ionic portico is frequently compared with the exquisite temple of Nike Apteros on the Acropolis in Greece. The house's proportions and details were probably copied from architectural handbooks and it is one of Michigan's finest examples of Greek Revival. It is built of brick covered with stucco scored to simulate stone. Judge Robert S. Wilson, who came from New York State to Ann Arbor in 1835, had the temple portion added in 1843. The house was probably built in three stages—the middle section in 1835, the temple portion in 1843, and the kitchen and servants' quarters at the rear in 1850.
You are here
Robert S. Wilson House
If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.
SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.