Henry W. Baker House, photo submitted 1986
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Baker, Henry W., House
233 South Main Street, Plymouth - Wayne County
Other Names Henry W. Baker House
Property Type brick house
Historic Use DOMESTIC
Style Italianate
Late Victorian
Significant Person Henry W. Baker
Narrative Description The Henry W. Baker House is a brick, two-story, mansard-roofed house of fanciful Italianate design with cut stone foundations. It is asymmetrical and consists of a rectangular two-story front section articulated with bay windows, porches, and gables with a one-and-one-half-story, mansard-roofed kitchen wing extending to the rear. Various structures have been adjoined to the back of the kitchen wing including and old board-and-batten carriage shed and a two-stall, flat-roofed, concrete block garage. A clapboarded stair enclosure is cantilevered from the second floor of the kitchen wing over the roof of the carriage shed. The facade of the house and the south elevation are the most elaborately articulated. The two-bay, sidehall plan facade contains a double-door entrance sheltered by a small porch with chamfered, incised posts and an elaborate modillion cornice. The segmentally-arched door head is enframed by a brick hood mould. Over the porch at the second floor level is an attenuated window with a wide panelled surround terminating in a gabled pediment that breaks through the bracketed eaves cornice of the house and extends into the mansard roof.
Statement of Significance The Henry W. Baker House is architecturally significant as a well-preserved example of Italianate domestic architecture and historically significant as the home of a prominent local businessman whose company, Daisy Manufacturing, achieved national prominence in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Baker House is one of the more fanciful Italianate style dwellings in the region. Probably based upon a pattern book illustration, the house became a local landmark after it was constructed because of the extraordinary pagoda-like tower which topped the gable. This feature, which was removed after 1943, was rebuilt as part of the restoration of the home. Baker built this house in 1875 and lived there until his death in 1920. During the 1970s the house was converted to commercial use and subsequently neglected. The building has been fully restored and currently houses a law practice.
Marker Name Baker House
Marker Text BAKER HOUSE Henry W. Baker (1833-1920) built this Italianate-style house in 1875. Born in Richmond, New York, Baker had moved to this area while still a boy. As a young man, he worked as a photographer, a merchant and a lumberman. At the age of forty-nine he helped found the Plymouth Iron Windmill Company, which in 1895 became the Daisy Manufacturing Company. The company, now best known for its BB guns, operated in Plymouth until 1958, when new owners moved it to Arkansas. Baker's descendants lived here until 1943.
Period of Significance 1866-1900
Significant Date(s) 1875
Registry Type(s) 10/13/1986 Marker erected
04/22/1982 National Register listed
01/08/1981 State Register listed
Site ID# P25340