Open for special tours and programs on select dates throughout the off-season.
Charles H. Hackley hired David S. Hopkins of Grand Rapids to design and build the magnificent houses and City Barn for Hackley and his partner Thomas Hume with construction taking place between 1887 and 1889. Structurally restored to its 1890s appearance, the Hackley House is a unique example of Victorian architecture and late nineteenth century interior decorative arts. Nationally known artisans from Chicago and New York used original samples uncovered during restoration to bring the elaborate interior stenciling and the 13-color exterior paint scheme back to life.
Filled with spacious living areas and nine bedrooms decorated with simple patterns, the house was designed for comfort and a large family. The family expanded the house creating a beautiful library, a large dining room with geometric tile flooring, and a sleeping porch off a second floor bedroom with a terne metal floor. The exterior of the Hume House exhibits its original 14-tone restored color scheme.
The term “City Barn” refers to its function and location; literally a barn that sits in the city. The barn, shared by the families housed horses, equipment, and two coachmen in living quarters on the second floor. The City Barn incorporates elements from both houses, such as the onion dome, which reflects the Moorish influence of the Hackley House, and the turret, which matches the turret on the Hume House.
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