Jonesville in Hillsdale County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Completed in 1874, this structure of High Victorian Italianate design is one of the most magnificent residences in Michigan. The interior, an excellent example of a living museum of the 1870s, contains thirty-two rooms with twelve-foot ceilings. Other striking features are eight Italian marble fireplaces each of a different color, walnut window valances with carved Egyptian heads, and a sweeping balustrade staircase. Despite the fact that electricity was installed in 1915, this house still retains several gas-operated globe lights.
Elijah E. Myers designed this residence for Ebenezer Oliver Grosvenor (1820-1910). An eminent Jonesville citizen and banker, Grosvenor was also a prominent Republican statesman. He served two terms as state senator and treasurer, one term as lieutenant governor, and seven years as a University of Michigan regent. He was also vice-president and presiding officer of the State Building Commission responsible for the erection of the Michigan State Capitol in 1874-1879, which Myers also designed.
Erected 1978 by Michigan History Division, Department of State.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1874.
Location. 41° 58.913′ N, 84° 39.584′ W. Marker is in Jonesville, Michigan, in Hillsdale County. Marker is at the intersection of Maumee Street and Liberty Street, on the left when traveling south on Maumee Street. This marker is 0.2 mile south of East Chicago Road (U.S. Highway 12). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 Maumee St, Jonesville MI 49250, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grace Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand Army Of The Republic Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jonesville Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Father Gabriel Richard (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Oak Grove Cemetery Association (approx. 3 miles away); Potter's Field (approx. 3.1 miles away); Hillsdale College (approx. 3.7 miles away); Victory Bell (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jonesville.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A marker in Albion, Michigan tells of the First Presbyterian Church which was another building designed
Also see . . . Grosvenor House offers tours, look into Victorian Era. February 2021 article in Hillsdale College's The Collegian about Grosvenor House it was designed for entertaining and had unique heating and lighting systems and Ebenezer Oliver Grosvenor. (Submitted on June 2, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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