714 Court Street
Description: This is a symmetrical, two-story brick building with a
cut stone foundation and low pitch hipped roof.
Decorative elements include paired brackets in the eaves, segmental hood
molding around front windows, and a one story half hexagonal bay on the east
side. The full width front porch has
square Doric columns, wood railing, and paired brackets in the eaves. A two-story porch is on the east side of the
rear addition. This dwelling was briefly
shown on Bob Villa’s “Restore America” television show in 1999.
Construction Date: circa 1870
Kritzman paid the property taxes from 1873 to
1887. Peter B. and wife Mary S. (Willeger) Sanborn were the first residents, from 1877 until
at least 1893-94. Peter born March 17, 1838, left Falmouth, Maine for Detroit in 1852, and came
to Port Huron in 1862. During the Civil War he enlisted and served
in the First Regiment of Berdan’s sharpshooters and
was commissioned as First Lieutenant, Company K. Peter was the owner of Port Huron Elevator
Company at the foot of Fourth Street on the St. Clair
River. He was also a corporator
of and stockholder of the Port Huron & Northwestern Railroad Co. They had two children, Alvah
and Clare. Helen O’Leary was a domestic
in 1881 and Lizzie Garllie in 1888. Frank and Francis Wolcott lived there by 1900
until 1910. Frank was an attorney for
Atkinson, Wolcott, and Moore and served one term as Probate Judge in 1896. He was President of the Maccabee
Protective Association, supervisor counselor of the United Home Protectors
Fraternity, and secretary of the Ruledge Playing Card
Company. His office was at 4-6-8 White Block. Dr. Herman J. Hill and his wife Edna P. lived
there from 1910 to 1919. He was a
dentist at first 9-10 Bricker Block, then 413 Grand River
Avenue. Agnes M.
Hoppe, widow of James O. Hoppe, lived there from 1920 to the mid-1920’s. She was a music teacher. Daughter Helen L. Hoppe was first a clerk for
the Health Department then a stenographer for C.H. Wills & Co. The Sullivan family lived there from 1930 to
1939. Dennis P. Sullivan was an attorney
for Sullivan & Sullivan at 5 Stevens Block.
His wife Evelyn E. Sullivan carried on as head of household as of 1936-37.