Photo essay shows the history and beauty behind some of Mount Pleasant’s most interesting homes

Mt. Pleasant officially became a city in 1889 and some homes within its borders are just as established; if not more. Architectural styles in the city vary heavily from Colonial Revival, French Chateau and Mid-century modern, among others.

One building that has experienced its fair share of the past couple centuries is 503 East Broadway. Built in the mid-to-late 1800’s, Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller said the building has been used for both residential and commercial purposes.

The Doughty House, located at 301 Chippewa St., is a Michigan State Historic Site and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The home is older than Mount Pleasant itself, built sometime during the 1860s.

Another building, the Shurtliff House at 301 East High St., reflects the most popular architectural style in the United States, said Sponseller. A Colonial revival building, Sponseller said its style is “uniquely American,” and often includes an eye-catching entryway.

Sponseller’s insight provided descriptions of multiple architectural styles and historical information regarding the significance of buildings in the city. More historical buildings in Mount Pleasant can be found on her Instagram page highlighting interesting architecture in the area at @Historicmp.

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