1219 8th Street

 

Architecture:

    Style:                        Bungalow

    Description:              This was once a two-story house, but was reduced to one-story approximately 1930.  It is a symmetrical one-story wood frame structure with vinyl siding and a rock face concrete foundation.  The roofline is hip on front gable.  There is a small entry centered on the front, enclosed approximately 1970, with a hip on front gable roofline.

 

Significant Period:

    Construction Date:     1890

    Architect/Builder:       Unknown

    Context:                    The 1894 Birds Eye map of Port Huron shows this was originally a two-story house with a full width front porch.  The first time this address appears is the 1890 City Directory.  Thomas, a marine captain, and his wife Elizabeth (McIreen) were the first known residents.  Children were Daniel J., a sailor, Jennette, Maud, Lizzie I., Freeland, Edward, Kattie, and Thomas, at school, and Marguett, and Leory.  Jane McIreen also resided.  Elizabeth was widowed by 1904 and lived in the home until 1909.  Herman Schmidt, a marine engineer, and his wife Carrie lived there in 1910.  Nils Johnson lived there in 1915 and 1916.  Jessie Jones, a ship caulker, lived there with his wife Eva from 1918 to 1922.  Frank and Emma Burgess lived there from about 1930 to 1936.  Curtis Chalcraft, employed by Detroit Edison, lived there with his wife Elva beginning in 1938.