729 Union Street
Description: This is a two-story wood frame structure with wood clapboard
siding on the first two stories, wood shingle siding in the gables, and a cut
stone foundation. The roof line if
primarily front gabled, with a second lower front gable extending slightly
forward of the first. The side gable and
second story under it on the west cantilever slightly outward over brackets and
the first story. Each gable has a tall
narrow window recessed behind curved wood shingles. On the east is a semi-hexagonal two-story bay
with a curved hipped roof. A pair of
doors marks the front entry. There is a
small porch with a front gable where once a full width front porch
existed. Other decorative details
include a pattern in the peak of the main gable, and brackets under a pair of
second story windows on the front.
Construction Date: 1890
L. Paldi lived on this site from 1885 to 1888. He was a civil engineer and architect, and in
1895 the County Surveyor. His father Angelo Paldi
was the architect and superintendent of the Detroit Water Works. The December
edition of the Port Huron Weekly Times has an article regarding city growth,
and noted that one of the new residences built that year was for Dr. J.
Herr. City Water Service was turned on May
26, 1890. Dentists John Herr and Abraham Herr moved
here in 1890 from 723 Union to 729 Union. John Herr, who became president of Huron
Machine Works, lived there until 1904.
Abraham was gone by 1899. Albert
and Susie Stevenson lived there in 1906 and 1907. He was Assistant General Manager of the Order
of Foresters, Editor of “The Forestor”, secretary
treasurer of Sentenial Printing Co, and vice
president of the German American Savings Bank.
Chester Benedict, Police Justice, and his wife Mabel lived there in
1909. The Charles and Laura Farr family
lived there from 1910 to 1918. He was
secretary treasurer of Beard, Cambell, and Co. The James G. and Elizabeth M. Bryant family
lived there the longest, from 1920 until at least 1940. He was proprietor of Bryant Engineering,
manufacturers of feed grinding machinery.