740 Court Street



    Style:                        Folk House – Gable Front Style

    Description:              This is an asymmetrical two story wood frame building with a block foundation and vinyl siding.  Decorative elements include a curved wraparound porch with Doric columns on brick pillars and wood railing, and a one story semi-hexagonal bay on the east side.  A single story wing on the rear extends west of the main structure, providing a small side porch.


Significant Period:

    Construction Date:     circa 1870

    Architect/Builder:       Unknown

    Context:                    Property taxes were paid by S. A. Jones (resided elsewhere) throughout the 1870’s and 1880’s.  The first documented resident was John Manwarring in 1873.  His business was wallpaper, blank books, and stationary.  Seldon E. Jones (son of S.A. Jones) a bookkeeper, and Thomas Jones a laborer, lived there in 1877.  James or John Johnson, oil speculator, lived there from 1883 to 1887.  Wesley W. Phelps, city engineer, resided in 1888.  Myron E. Wright, a traveling salesman, lived there in 1890.  The Fillmore M. Taylor family was there from 1893 to 1900.  He was a dealer in shelf and heavy hardware, stoves and tin ware at 903 Military Street.  Allan L. Marzolf, a train dispatcher for Pere Marquette Railway, lived there in 1901 and 1902.  Mary J. Miller, widow of Ebenezer Miller, resided from 1906 to 1910.  James Plunkett, a conductor for Grand Truck Railway, and his wife Susie were there 1912 and 1913.  Lois C. Steele, a piano teacher and clerk at Sperry’s, lived there from 1915 to 1921.  Samuel A. Holcombe resided in 1923.  Walter W., a sales manager for W. T. Wilson, and Florence Sanderson lived there from 1930 to 1939.