Historic Home Tour

Marshall Michigan

Zalewski Home

The Harvester, Bev Zalewski’s floral design business in a former Queen Anne home, has taken up residence on Mansion Street and is the featured business for 2005.


Being a gardener at heart, Bev Zalewski relishes in her new, yet old home. After operating a floral business from her country home for four years, the move to this historic home seemed the ideal move for the business.

The home was purchased from Mr. And Mrs. Ira Prestidge who lived there for 40 years. Located in the main commercial block, this 1880 Queen Anne home has never been open to the public before.

The transportation from private home to thriving business was only accomplished through the work of Bev’s husband, Bob, her sons, Brian 24 and Nick 21, and many friends.

Painting, stencilling, installing the beadboard ceiling on the sunporch, ceramic floors, and new hardwood floors was completed before the business opening Thanksgiving week 2004. Note also the beautiful oak woodwork throughout the house, which is in its original condition. The detailed hardware, six panel pocket doors, beveled oak mirror in the hallway, and the entryway fixture are all original to the structure. The antique sales counter was a built-in wall cupboard for a business in Marshall’s downtown.

Bev’s happy to inherit the collection of peonies, rises, and woodland plants from Mr. Prestidge’s gardens. She plans to enhance the postage stamp yard with more flowers and plants in the future.

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