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Frank J. and Maude Belcher Cobbs House

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1898, George D. Mason(?); 1906 east addition; 1987 restored. 407 E. Chapin St.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

This large, clapboarded, gambrel-roofed house is Cadillac's most full-blown example of Colonial Revival architecture and the equal of any of the mansions built by lumbermen in this region of Michigan. A Palladian window decorates the front-facing gambrel gable, and beneath it the front entrance has sidelights and a fanlight. Fluted Scamozzi Ionic pilasters outline the building's corners, while in the front veranda fluted Doric columns support a frieze with dentils. Many windows have architrave trim with molded caps, and round-headed dormers project from the roof. The house was the home of Frank J. Cobbs (1872–1912) and his wife, Maude. Cobbs was one of the principals in the firm of Cobbs and Mitchell, whose lumbering and wood products operations were a major part of Cadillac's economy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It was built by James R. Fletcher of Cadillac.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Frank J. and Maude Belcher Cobbs House", [Cadillac, 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, 396-396.

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