Pictorial Library \ Introduction \ Homesteads | 701 N. Johnson St.
Style:
-- Custom designed Lewis "Liberty Home," by the architectural firm of Dillion Clark and Averton Munger.
Credits:
-- Contributed April, 2009,
by [Bill Branigan],
of Harris/Bush Realty.
Google Maps:
[701 N. Jackson St.]

History:

This attractive homestead was built in 1913 for Adna Lewis, president of the Lewis Manufacturing Company, a old business started by Adna's father George Lewis. After the passing of his father, the company was a subcontractor for building Aladdin Homes, which led to their own offering known as the "Liberty Homes." These affordable "kit homes" were very popular during the first half of the 20th century.

What makes this "Liberty Home" unique is that Adna choses to have it designed by the well known Clark and Munger firm.

In 1931 Edward C. Davidson became the second owner of this home. Edward's father, James Davidson was a well known Bay City shipbuilder around the Great Lakes.

Edward made some improvements to the inside of the home, using the former maid's quarters on the second level to create a larger master bedroom and new bathroom. A new maids quarters was created on the third floor. Other renovations to the second floor included updating of the general bathroom and the library room.

In 1984 the house was put on the market after the death of Edward. In 1988 James and Jane Dumphy became the third family to own the home. They had all the hard wood floors refinished and made improvements to the home's charming and beautiful English garden.


This home was put up for sale in April, 2009. Additional information about the features and history of this home can be seen on Bill Branigan's website using the link above.


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