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September 6th, 2017 by MichiganLiving 5 Unique, Historic Houses in Livingston County Michigan

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


15 responses to “5 Unique, Historic Houses in Livingston County Michigan”

  1. Becki says:

    So interesting! I grew up in Livingston County. I never realized the significance of these buildings. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Tiffany says:

    These homes certainly are unique. I just love older homes. They have so much character and charm!

  3. Cassie says:

    I love seeing historic houses and these are absolutely gorgeous! My favourite would have to be Frank J Hexoc House

  4. Claudia Krusch says:

    I love the unique architectural style of the McPherson Mansion. These are all great homes I would love to explore.

  5. Rich Bivins says:

    Of these, the Bingham house would be my choice. I like the smooth lines and the absence of unnecessary architectural components. I would rather it have a walk around porch.

  6. This would be very helpful to those who live in Michigan.

  7. Natalie says:

    I love coming across historic buildings when travelling and learning the story behind them. Will definitely have to check these out if ever I am in the Michigan area.

  8. Tami says:

    I enjoy walking through older homes envisioning how families had lived. Ones with history are even more intriguing!

  9. Love all the architectural detail in older homes. It makes me sad when I compare how we used to build … to today’s production built homes that re so ordinary.

  10. I love looking at historical houses. They have so much character and beauty in them. These look like some great ones to visit!

  11. Nicole says:

    All of these homes look amazing! I love the architecture and great detail that they have!

  12. If I have all the means, I will visit William McPherson, Sr. House to see if there is really gold buried on it lols.

  13. Jenn says:

    I haven’t taken the time to look at historical homes in years. I would love to spend a day exploring these. They look beautiful and full of character.

  14. Blair villanueva says:

    Beautiful houses. Does it gave new owners or just stay as like a museum? It would be nice to live to a house with many stories.

  15. I love the Greek Revival style – so dramatic!

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