“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rochester Hills in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

1850 Red House

1850 Red House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 16, 2018
1. 1850 Red House Marker
Inscription. Built in approximately 1850, the Red House originally sat across the street from the Van Hoosen Farmhouse. The architectural style is Greek Revival and it appears that the existing structure, though very small, was built in three different phases, suggesting that the additions accommodated changes in family size.

Dr. Sarah Van Hoosen Jones purchased the home to serve as a tenant farmhouse, allowing her employees to live near the Van Hoosen Farm. Sarah had the house moved across the street, over the existing wall, and placed on a new foundation. It is unclear when the northern lean-to addition was added to accommodate a first floor bathroom and bedroom, but it occurred before the house was moved.

The City of Rochester Hills received the Red House as a gift from Michigan State University in December 1996. Since then, the building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has had a complete restoration.

In 1954, on a trip to Vermont, Sarah Van Hoosen Jones saw a house similar to this one painted bright red. In 1955 the "brown house" was moved a little north and west to its present location, modernized, and painted red. The fireplace and chimney were added at this time as well as the octagon-shaped window near the roof on the north side. Otherwise the exterior is the same.
Alice Serrell
1850 Red House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 16, 2018
2. 1850 Red House and Marker
Hoosen Farm Employee

Erected by Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.
Location. 42° 41.82′ N, 83° 6.909′ W. Marker is in Rochester Hills, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is at the intersection of Van Hoosen Road and East Tienken Road, on the right when traveling south on Van Hoosen Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1009 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester MI 48306, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Before lawn mowers... (here, next to this marker); Stoney Creek School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Detroit United Railway and Car Barn (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Hammer (approx. 1.3 miles away); Western Knitting Mills (approx. 1.4 miles away); Masonic Block (approx. 1˝ miles away); Rochester Opera House (approx. 1˝ miles away); Three-faced Clock (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester Hills.
Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 21, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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