5 Unique, Historic Houses in Livingston County Michigan

Bingham House Historic Site

There are lots of amazing houses in Livingston County, Michigan. Some of them are now up for sale while some are being rented out by their owners. Some homes are also converted into small café or restaurants while some are used for important gatherings, events and occasions.

That being said, we can all agree that the houses built in Livingston County Michigan are truly one of the best. In fact, some of these houses are included at the List of Michigan State Historic Sites in Livingston County. And some of them are as follows:

Appleton House – Brighton Michigan

This Greek Revival style building is a Registered Michigan State Historic Site. The Appleton House was built for and by John D. Appleton and has distinctive architecture. This is a mid-19th century village house of formal composition with interesting modifications of Classical details. Source.

Appleton House historic site Brighton Michigan

Bingham House – Brighton Michigan

This historic house was the residence of Kinsley S. Bingham, Governor of Michigan from 1854 to 1862.  This is one of the earliest and finest Greek Revival structures in Michigan. Source.

Bingham House Historic Site, (1842), 13270 Silver Lake Road, Green Oak Township, Michigan - panoramio

Frank J. Hecox House – Howell Michigan

This house is the only known brick Second Empire structure with a very unique architectural style and design. It retains original interior features such as woodwork, wainscoting, staircases, kitchen, built-in cupboards and a faux marble cast iron corner fireplace in the parlor that make the house an excellent example of the period. Source.

Frank J. Hecox House Historic Site Howell Michigan

William McPherson, Sr. House – Howell Michigan

According to some popular stories, the McPherson Mansion has buried gold in it but the catch is, it’s being guarded by some ghosts. The house was built in 1915 by Robert Bruce McPherson, the grandson of pioneer, blacksmith and businessman William McPherson, who settled in Howell in the mid-1830s. Source.

William McPherson Senior House Historic Site Howell Michigan

Alonzo W. Olds House – South Lyon Michigan

This house is a nice example of Greek Revival architecture popular in Michigan during the mid 1800s. This was built by a local politician Alonzo W. Olds circa 1835 to 1850. After some years, the property was sold to Warren Clark in 1851 and to William Read in 1863. The Read family directed some restoration on the house including replacement of deteriorated plinths with square bases and removal of parapet additions from the wings of the home. Source.

Alonzo W. Olds House

These houses are so unique and special at their own ways. If you are in Livingston County Michigan, make sure to check them out!

Featured image via Dwight Burdette

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