303 Madison SE

Built in: 1883
Style: Queen Anne
Description:
Kennedy House, 2006 Tour
Comments:
Built in 1883 by Alexander Kennedy, this graceful Queen Anne home is a notable example of this style of architecture. If features an octagonal tower and an elaborate dormer. The exuberant relief decoration over the windows and porch fascia became very popular in the late 19th Century as the machine age progressed. The verandah is highlighted by paired classic columns with Ionic capitals and a delicate gallery with gracefully detailed balusters. Mr. Kennedy, a native of Glengary, Ontario Canada, came to Grand Rapids in 1883 and conducted a wholesale liquor business, Drueke and Kennedy, at the corner of Market and Louis Streets. He was also actively engaged in various activities in lumber regions of Alpena, Big Rapids, Muskegon and Cadillac. This house is a delight to the eye and a truly exceptional example of the type of craftsmanship which blended a variety of architectural elements, sparkling leaded glass windows and individually selected detailing to create a home which wears it s subtle, contemporary coats of paint as gracefully as a dowager princess.
Past Owners:
Kennedy, Alexander - Original Owner
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