c. 1890 Italianate – Mason, MI

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605 S Jefferson St, Mason, MI 48854

  • $294,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 3838 Sq Ft
  • 0.41 Ac.
Welcome to 605 S Jefferson! MUST SEE TO BELIEVE! This MASSIVE Victorian Italianate mansion boasts nearly 4000 square feet! 4 beds, 3.5 baths, magnificent corner lot, near the heart of downtown Mason! Incredible craftsmanship throughout! Main level features GLEAMING HARDWOOD FLOORING THROUGHOUT, formal dining room w/ hanging chandelier, parlor room w/ wet bar, extraordinary 3-seasons room w/ skylights and cathedral ceilings, and NEW PAINT THROUGHOUT. ORIGINAL HARDWOOD trim, baseboard, crown molding, and doors are still in perfect condition from when home was originally built in 1855! Kitchen boasts an abundance of countertop space, center island, and solid hardwood cabinetry! 4 car garage! FRESHLY PAINTED EXTERIOR in SEPTEMBER 2017! OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY! TRULY A ONE OF A KIND HOME! WILL NOT LAST LONG!
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29 Comments on c. 1890 Italianate – Mason, MI

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12224 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to Michael for sharing his listing with us.

    Also, thanks MaggieMay for sharing in the link exchange.

  2. Carolyn says: 303 comments

    Beautiful home but something seems “off” about the entryway. It’s too open and the stairway doesn’t seem original. I wonder if it was removed at one time and then replaced later. Then again I’m no expert.

    • Donald C. Carleton, Jr. says: 307 comments

      Your instincts are on the money in my opinion.

      I think it’s clear the walls originally setting off the entry/stair hall were torn out in order to create the dreaded “open concept” floor plan.

  3. Crimson_RooCrimson_Roo says: 113 comments
    OHD Supporter

    This house is so interesting! As with Carolyn, I was wondering if the staircase was original – at least in that configuration. Maybe a wall was removed on one side of the staircase and what used to be two rooms (with the stairs along one wall) then became one? Still, it makes for an interesting feature. I love the little nook with the almost-floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and the fireplace – I could happily spend most of my time there (especially in winter)!

  4. Colleen Southwell says: 4 comments

    I drive by this house 3-4 times a week and it is beautiful. The house was a funeral home for a long time and some of it was an addition for that purpose. It does seem like it has been opened up and both staircases are out of place. Also, the huge stone porch seems odd on an Italianate. Even so, I’d love to have it.

  5. CharestonJohn says: 1089 comments

    1890 is too late for the Italianate style seen here. There have been numerous additions and interior changes, many of which likely date from the early 20th century. A home this fine likely has some published history, and I’ll try to dig something up. I’d guess the initial build date to be around 1860 or so.

  6. Peacockhouse says: 5 comments

    (very long-time follower, but first-time commenter)
    The handrail on the front stairs looks like it may be newer than the stairway itself, since the color of the stairs are an obvious mis-match.

  7. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1053 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1947 Ranch

    I could make SUCH a marvelous studio out of that top floor room!

  8. Ashley403 says: 76 comments

    Hi Colleen, I must be out of touch. I was wondering is it normal up north to have a “parlor room w/ wet bar” in a funeral home(picture 18). Please do not take it the wrong way, I think in the south it would be a great idea all we got was a strange version of coffee and lots of great food. We all loved a good funeral with lots of drama! If left from former use of the building and the rest of things done to make it a funeral home you would think it would have been taken out otherwise.
    It would be interesting to have an original floor plan without the additions.

    • Grant Freeman says: 959 comments

      Most likely the room with the counter and wood shelving was the sample room where caskets, urns and other objects were displayed for choice.

    • Colleen Southwell says: 4 comments

      No, I don’t think it’s normal and I don’t think the bar is original. There seems to be a lot of odd things going on with this house. The man who owns it also owns another stick victorian on the opposite corner, also for sale, and also with a bar. So, I think it’s just the owner. I think the main 2 story part of the house was for personal use and the rest for the funeral home. The current owner has no connection with the funeral home family. It would be fabulous for my family’s Irish wakes though! I love this house, because of it’s oddities, but I’d probably do away with the bar and put some walls back in if it were mine.

    • Carolyn says: 303 comments

      According to an article I read the home was remodeled in 2000 after it was turned back into a private residence and the bar was added at that time.

  9. Colleen J says: 1049 comments

    Other than the staircase seeming “off” this is a very interesting house. I like the alcove with the fireplace, that would be my “special place” for my morning coffee and laptop OHD readings 🙂
    Because it was a former funeral home it might not appeal to some people, and with the comment about some hauntings that too, but to some it would be the ultimate property. Myself I don’t think I would be deterred .. I like this one!

  10. DonS says: 49 comments

    I understand the changes made to accommodate the funeral home’s special requirements, but bottom line, the house was robbed of its Italian identity. I find the bar peculiar too. I have to think it was already in place, and that they kept it well hidden. You would have to speak to someone who attended a funeral there to know for sure.

  11. Marek says: 1 comments

    LOVE it! I was wondering if it was a Funeral Home as I was checking out the photos, that large 4 car attached garage looking like something a funeral home could use – what a cool looking place! and such an exciting history, too. I decided to google the “Jewett Funeral Home” and found a few cool Youtube videos touring the place – I also found a few things suggesting it’s haunted. So interesting! Anyway, this is my first time commenting but I just want to say I love this website and enjoy looking at it daily 🙂

  12. montana channing says: 230 comments

    oh so many questions like why does the knob of the side look like it should have windows all around but has none? also, the words “new paint” struck fear into my heart but fortunately applied to the outside so the new owner won’t have to strip gallons off all that nice interior wood. the funeral home references explain all the non original plywood doors and the kitchen – i’d return it to Home Depot and have bare studs and a wash basin. but overall a pretty impressive place. i like that when they added the pergola like walkway to the garages, they made it in the original style of the house but i want the chimney back.

  13. Carolyn says: 303 comments

    This house is an interesting puzzle. I was trying to figure out what the box was on the left side of the building. It looks like it originally was a porch or a sun room but now is completely covered in siding. From looking at the interior pics I found it is the nook with the mantle and bookshelves. From the exterior it has a pipe coming out of the roof instead of a chimney. So not original I’m guessing even though the mantle looks old. I would kill to see some historic photos of what the interior looked like before the changes. I’ve always said if I could have one magical power it would be to travel back in time to see what things were like then.

  14. Kyle says: 6 comments

    I found more pictures here http://99wfmk.com/masonjewetthouse2017/ it also tells how it’s supposedly haunted, there seems to be bricked up portions of the basement, kinda creepy but really interesting.


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