c. 1863 – Lapeer, MI

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422 N Main St, Lapeer, MI 48446

  • $199,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 3100 Sq Ft
  • 0.33 Ac.
Seller will look at all offers / Opportunity is here ! Home built in the 1860's located in historic area ~ Grand entry overhang/monumental wood brackets~Home boasts a romantic cupola with visions of yesteryear~Over 3,000 square feet/all hardwood floors (birch and maple)~Great room is simply massive with cozy fireplace and leads to oversized screened-in sun room~This charmer showcases an explosion of character~10" solid oak base trim~solid oak double doors throughout ~leaded glass/brass original door handles throughout~built-in oak bookcases~oak mantles~wall lite sconces~copper plumbing~6" oak trim around windows and doors~ upper and lower levels offer 10 foot ceilings~(4) bedrooms each sizable for a kind and queen all with their own walk-in closets~also a private staircase for butler's entry in kitchen~Third level with staircase with small dormer over looking scenery~Truly a rare find of somewhere in time. Appealing land contract options. BATVAI *Subject to probate court approval*
Contact Information
Ronald Serafini, Morgan and Milzow,
(248) 625-1010

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6 Comments on c. 1863 – Lapeer, MI

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  1. BethanyBethany says: 3450 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Well written description. I like this place, even the small but vintage kitchen. An appealing listing all around!

  2. CharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments

    Well the agent does a good job with a basic description of Italianate architecture, especially for a real estate listing. However, what’s described as a cupola appears to me to be a Colonial Revival era center dormer with a Palladian window under a gable roof. There are other 20th century details exterior and interior that suggest a later remodel, which would have been typical of the updates homeowners pursued back then just as they do today.

    • Tina Reuwsaat says: 57 comments

      I agree. Something isn’t right with that small window above the front porch. It looks as if it was downsized from the original feature.

  3. Sean says: 37 comments

    Hate to burst all y’alls architectural musings about the originality of this structure, but I assure you it is. This is a picture of one of the most revered Italianate homes in the US and it is all original and should put to rest the musings of a later renovation/update.


    • CharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments

      The house you posted a link to is certainly beautiful. It’s a mansion grade Italianate style house that has all of the elements you’d expect in such a property. I’m not quite sure why it’s relevant to the house Kelly posted.

      The posted house is a nice home, but there have been obvious alterations. It may have started as a 1863 Italianate (or maybe a Greek Revival transitional), but there are elements that suggest an early 20th century effort to modernize the home. The interior is missing the arches that you’d expect and the fireplace, oak cabinet, and leaded glass are later changes. On the exterior, the fenestration seems a bit odd. The shape of the windows, the center upstairs bay, and the single centered dormer do not appear consistent with the listed style. Many early 20th century houses had centered dormers, and the Palladian type window in this one indicates a revival of a typical classical Georgian element. The classical front entrance is also inconsistent with the Italianate style and was likely restyled at the same time.

      At any rate, this is how I “read” it. I’d love to know anyone else’s opinions on these details.

  4. abevy says: 307 comments

    I agree with ChristopherJohn there are too many changes to be the original. Good outdoor light in small kitchen. Some good lighting.


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