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Nelson in Muskegon in Muskegon County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Hume House

 
 
Hume House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 28, 2017
1. Hume House Marker
Inscription.  
Built in 1887–1889, this massive Queen Anne style house served the Thomas Hume family through four generations. This architect for this, as well as the Hackley house, was David S. Hopkins of Grand Rapids. The structure behind the two buildings was shared by both families. Known as the City Barn, it reflects the features of each house. Though larger than the Hackley house, the Hume house is less pretentious in detail. One hundred years after completion, the Hackley & Hume Historic Site was administered by the Muskegon County Museum.

Thomas Hume (1848–1920) was the business partner of Charles H. Hackley from 1881 to 1905. An Irish immigrant, Hume came to Muskegon in 1872 and began working as Hackley’s bookkeeper. After Hackley’s death, Hume was instrumental in transforming Muskegon from a lumber town to a major manufacturing center. At the time of his death in 1920, he was serving as an officer with the Amazon Knitting Company, Shaw Electric Crane Works, Sargent manufacturing Company, Chase-Hackley Piano Company, the Stand Maleable Company and the Hackley National Bank.
 
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by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L144.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 43° 13.901′ N, 86° 15.312′ W. Marker is in Muskegon, Michigan, in Muskegon County. It is in Nelson. Marker is on West Webster Avenue, 0.1 miles east of Sixth Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker located on lawn in front of the Hume House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 472 West Webster Avenue, Muskegon MI 49440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hackley House (a few steps from this marker); Hackley-Holt House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Torrent House (approx. ¼ mile away); Buster Keaton (approx. ¼ mile away); Hackley Public Library (approx. ¼ mile away); Central United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Muskegon Woman's Club (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Muskegon.
 
Regarding Hume House. National Register of Historic Places #72000646. Also a contributing property in Muskegon Historic District,
Hume House Marker (<b><i>side 2</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 28, 2017
2. Hume House Marker (side 2)
NRHP #72000647.
 
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1. Hume House.
The Hume House is a Queen Anne structure with a gable roof on a cut stone foundation. A porch extends all the way on one side of the house. The elaborate 14-color exterior paint scheme has been reconstructed from the original tones. The main entrance is located at the corner of the structure, and a round turret extends over and just to one side of the entrance. The second floor protrudes slightly over the first-floor bay windows. At the rear of the house is a carriage house, which is shared with the next-door Hackley House. On the interior, a vestibule off the main entrance opens into a central parlor. There are six rooms on the first floor, as well as a bathroom and two halls. There are ten rooms on the second floor, as well as a bathroom and two halls.
(Submitted on August 19, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Thomas Hume (Find A Grave).
Thomas Hume (1848-1920) arrived in Muskegon from Ireland in 1870. In 1872, he joined Charles Hackley's lumber firm as a bookkeeper. In 1881 Charles Hackley and Thomas Hume became partners in the very successful lumbering firm of Hackley and Hume. As the lumber business declined, both
Hume House (<i>southwest elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 28, 2017
3. Hume House (southwest elevation)
Hackley and Hume diversified into other manufacturing and financial interests. In 1887, Hackley purchased a series of lots on the corner of Webster and Sixth. He immediately sold one and one-half of these lots to Thomas Hume, and then constructed his own house on these lots. Hume engaged architect David S. Hopkins (who also designed Hackley's house) to design his home. It was completed in 1888. The Hume family expanded the house after the turn of the century, adding a library, dining room, and sleeping porch.
(Submitted on February 14, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Hume House (<i>south/front elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 28, 2017
4. Hume House (south/front elevation)
Photo of the City Barn behind the Hume House. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, June 16, 2007
5. Photo of the City Barn behind the Hume House.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on August 19, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 714 times since then and 156 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 19, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   5. submitted on July 1, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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