Fountain-Bessac House, photo taken 1987
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Fountain-Bessac House
102 West Main Street, Manchester - Washtenaw County
Other Names Fountain-Haeussler House
Property Type frame house
Historic Use DOMESTIC/single dwelling
Current Use DOMESTIC/single dwelling
Style Greek Revival
Italian Villa
Architect/Builder Emil Lorch
Narrative Description The Fountain-Bessec House was completed in two stages between 1842-1853. The first story of this symmetrical wooden frame building is of Greek Revival design five bays in width, and features a full length portico with classically inspired columns. A truncated pyramidal roof gives way to a smaller, three-bay Italianate second story, symmetrically placed above the first. A second truncated pyramidal roof skirts the flat roofed cupola which crowns the house. A historically sensitive attitude was used when the two-bay garage and breezeway replaced an old rear kitchen.
Statement of Significance The Fountain-Bessec House was completed in two stages: The first story, of Greek revival design, was built for flour mill owner Jacob Fountain and completed around 1842. The Italian Villa style second floor was finished in 1853 for Dr. Bessec who purchased the house in 1850. The second story addition reflects the changing tastes of the nation during the mid nineteenth century. Later owners hired esteemed architect Emil Lorch to renovate the structure between 1949-1951.
Period of Significance 1842-1853
Registry Type(s) 10/09/1987 Marker erected
09/29/1988 National Register listed
09/16/1986 State Register listed
Site ID# P24997