On the northwest corner of the park stands one of the most unusual pieces of architecture to be seen anywhere in the United States. This is Marshall's now famed "Honolulu House." Now well over 130 years old, it was built by Abner Pratt in 1860. He was chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, 1853-1857, and United States Council to Hawaii (1857-1859) under President James Buchanan.
A fine example of Italianate architecture, the Honolulu House was built in 1860. Unique for its wall and ceiling murals, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
It serves as Marshall Historical Society Headquarters and is open to the public May-Oct. from noon to 5 p.m., 7 days a week.
The unusual design of the house has intrigued
thousands of travelers, who passing through Marshall have noticed
it standing beside the small park marking for many hears the
intersection of Highways US 12 and US 27. The house was said
to have been copied from a building occupied by Pratt while in
The staircase, an architectural wonder
was made of ebony, teak, mahogany, and maple. The walls were
covered with murals depicting the flora and fauna of the tropics.
Colored glass panels flanked the front door.
Excerpts used by permission from Richard Carver, all rights reserved:
A History of Marshall, 1993 by Richard Carver. Published by Donning Company, First Edition, ISBN 0-98965-854-3
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