Michigan House Detective

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A recent book by Fred Peterson titled Homes in the Heartland describes the evolution of the balloon-frame farmhouse in the upper Midwest.  Peterson notes one characteristic of many, first generation farmhouses: an eclectic nature where they were built in stages with several additions. When settlers arrived in the Midwest one of their first priorities was building shelter.  This […]

The Greek Revival: America’s First National Building Style

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The Greek Revival has always been my favorite American building style.  I find its simplicity appealing while its bold and solid nature remind me of the growing confidence and wealth of the new American republic.  The Greek Revival style is quite significant because it was America’s first national style.  Although based on a European precedents, the […]