The William Burnett House is a small cobblestone house commonly known as a “hen-and-chicks” type, derived from its reference to a larger central two-story unit flanked by two smaller one-story wings. The central “hen” is gabled, while the “chicks” present half-gable roofs. It is also known as a basilica type, because of its similarity to Early Christian basilica churches. William Burnett migrated to Michigan in the early 1800s from upstate New York, where cobblestone houses were popular. The Burnett house is unique to Michigan in its cobblestone basilica form. There are several details that associate the house with Classical Revival, including the wide entablature and cornice returns and the strict symmetrical simplicity of form. Fieldstone quoins replace the corner pilasters of other Classical Revival houses. The front entrance has a pediment and surrounding pilasters, and the window hoods repeat the pediment motif. Acquired by Abram Davis in the 1870s and by Henry Ford in 1940, the house today is privately owned.
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William Burnett House
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