c. 1850 – Port Huron, MI

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1205 7th St, Port Huron, MI 48060

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  • $279,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 4.5 Bath
  • 2909 Sq Ft
  • 0.34 Ac.
Own a piece of HISTORY!!! This 2909 sqft. 4 bedroom 5 bath French Gothic Revival was built in the 1850's and slated for demolition back in 1999. The sellers said "No way, we can't let that happen!!". They rescued this home and restored it to the original state and spared no expense in the process! This home has 4 bedrooms (possible 5th), 5 baths, 2 master suites (one on the 2nd floor and the second on the entire 3rd floor), handcrafted trim and plaster work throughout, 3 porches, finished basement with its own entry and much much more!! Words or pictures do not do this home justice this is a must see!!!! Also home is licenced as a Bed and Breakfast (licence stays with the home) and lastly ask your agent for additional information that is posted with the disclosures. It bears repeating this is a must SEE!!!
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Chris Parsons, Coverage Realty
(586) 804-2974
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13 Comments on c. 1850 – Port Huron, MI

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  1. MJGMJG says: 2397 comments
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    Looks like the late 1870s/1880s erased a lot of the Gothic Revival. Amazing woodwork.

  2. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5547 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    Architecturally interesting home here. The exterior made the 1850 date plaque seem too early but there’s ample evidence of at least two phases going on inside. It appears the early version of this house was decidedly in the Gothic Revival style. Gothic Revival homes were all the rage in 1850; and there remain enough Gothic details (pointed arched windows, beefy stair balusters, and “Tudor” arched passages, especially) to connect the house to its earlier incarnation. It appears in the 1880’s a major remodeling changed the house style from Gothic Revival to the then very popular Queen Anne style. The blending of the two styles seems to be very effective here. As noted, the house is licensed for use as a bed and breakfast business.

  3. NonaKNonaK says: 265 comments
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    Austin, TX

    Port Huron is my birthplace. We moved when I was two and I was a teenager last time I was there. If I make it back, I’ll be sure to look around and appreciate the old houses there. So glad some one saved this beauty.

  4. MaggieC75MaggieC75 says: 23 comments
    Tallahassee, FL

    I want this house. I want every single thing in it as well. I want snow in the winter. In spring I want to plant lilacs, peonies, and every conceivable Dutch bulb in that gorgeous yard. I want summer to last eight weeks, followed by a crisp autumn.

    I am in love. Truly.

  5. JessicaJessica says: 66 comments

    OH MY!!! Well done! I love the gothic items that remain, and what a cheery yellow sitting room.

  6. RosewaterRosewater says: 7273 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Wow. 1888 sure had it’s way with this place! Never would have guessed from the exterior that an earlier house lurked under what you see. Maybe the one shown chimney; but even that is hardly noticeable as beyond the obvious style of the house.

    The Gothic hall tree is GORRRRRGEOUS. OMG – want. I wonder if it’s been there since 1850? Could be.. Clllipped.

  7. RosewaterRosewater says: 7273 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Woof! That thing is exceedingly fine. Man.
    Are those candles? Maybe it’s not a hall tree – ?. Huh.
    So interesting.

  8. TGrantTGrant says: 959 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    Gotta say that Gothic Revival interior was unexpected but wow!

  9. CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 1089 comments
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    Charleston, SC

    Known locally as the Ballentine house for the first owner of record, Silas Ballentine, there’s no good history that I can find that explains the architecture. Several sources, including the video linked below, indicate a 1860’s build date. However the Gothic elements would have faded from popular style by then. The cross gabled form and wrapping porch are Queen Anne, which puts the 1860’s Silas Ballentine build date exactly between the Gothic Revival details and the Queen Anne form.


    • JimHJimH says: 5391 comments
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      I also found the origin story on this one to be pretty sketchy. Ballentine wasn’t in a position to buy or build the house until close to 1870, probably a decade or so after construction. The 2nd owner, grain dealer John C. Johnstone, updated the house after 1878. In the 20th C., the house was used for The Somerville School (for naughty girls), before being converted to apartments in the 1940’s.
      The current owners really did save the house from demolition when they bought it in 1999, and they’ve done a fine job renovating it.


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