The Austin H. and Frankie (Allcott) Dwight Summer House, photo c. 1984
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Dwight, Austin H. and Frankie A., Summer House
11456 Marsh Road, Shelbyville - Barry County
Other Names Bay Pointe Restaurant
Property Type frame house
Historic Use DOMESTIC/single dwelling
Current Use COMMERCE/TRADE/restaurant
Style Colonial Revival
Narrative Description The Dwight summer residence is a two-and-one-half-story wood frame home in the Colonial Revival style with both high gambrel and hipped roof sections. The house is finished with cobblestone on the first floor and wood shingles on the second floor and attic story. A large bay window, enclosed porch, and massive fieldstone chimney stack are notable exterior features. Industrial engineering techniques in the form of timber trusses with iron tie rods were used to secure a large and uninterrupted public space in the first floor.
Statement of Significance The Dwight Summer House is significant as a very large (for the area) and well preserved summer house exemplifying the best in Colonial Revival design and use of engineering techniques and as the one time residence of Austin H. Dwight, a Michigan-raised, Chicago businessman who, a decade after the house was built, became a leading paper manufacturer in Kalamazoo, a center of paper manufacturing in the early twentieth century. The house was constructed between 1901 and 1902. The Dwights typically spent six months out of the year in the summer home until their deaths-- Frankie Dwight in 1924 and Austin Dwight in 1926. The residence is currently the location of the Bay Pointe Restaurant.
Period of Significance 1901-1930
Significant Date(s) Built 1901-02
Registry Type(s) 03/28/1985 National Register listed
06/18/1982 State Register listed
Site ID# P22543