Judge Samuel W. Dexter, photo submitted 1972
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Dexter, Judge Samuel W., House
8347 Island Lake Road, Dexter vicinity - Washtenaw County
Other Names Gordon Hall
Property Type frame house
Historic Use DOMESTIC
Current Use DOMESTIC
Style Greek Revival
Architect/Builder Calvin T. Fillmore
Significant Person Samuel W. Dexter
Narrative Description The Judge Samuel W. Dexter House (Gordon Hall) is a rectangular, temple-front, Greek Revival frame building with a two-story central mass flanked by one-and-one-half-story, side-gable wings. A massive full-height tetrastyle Doric portico fronts the entrance facade flanked by slope-roofed single-story porches. The house is currently covered with aluminum siding but retains many of its original exterior features. The interior has been significantly remodeled into apartments.
Statement of Significance The Judge Samuel W. Dexter House is one of the most striking Greek Revival homes in Michigan, unique for its grand scale with well-balanced proportions and massive tetrastyle portico. The house was completed in 1844 for Judge Samuel W. Dexter, chief justice of Washtenaw County from 1826 to 1833, founder of the city of Dexter, and a University of Michigan Regent. Restored in the 1940s by Emil Lorch, professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Michigan, the interior of the house was altered radically when the house was converted into apartments in 1951. Gordon Hall is currently used for faculty housing.
Period of Significance 1826-1865
Significant Date(s) 1844, 1870, 1945
Registry Type(s) 11/09/1972 National Register listed
02/19/1958 State Register listed
Site ID# P24967