Palmer, Lorenzo and Ruth Wells, House
760Maple Grove Avenue, Hudson - Lenawee County
Historic Use DOMESTIC/single dwelling
Current Use DOMESTIC/single dwelling
Style Greek Revival
Architect/Builder Lorenzo Palmer
Narrative Description The Lorenzo Palmer House is a Greek Revival central hall plan I-house in a grove of 150+ year old maple trees in a residential neighborhood on Hudson's northeast side. The house faces east looking onto a pleasant, tree lined boulevard. The Palmer House exhibits classic Greek Revival details. Cornerboards are detailed with simple "capitals" supporting a classical entablature with broad architrave and frieze, and cornices have wide returns. A sidelight decorates the front entrance of the house. A one story veranda with sawn stickwork posts and brackets spans the entire front of the house.
Statement of Significance Built for Lorenzo Palmer, a Litchfield, Connecticut native who lived in Delaware and Chautauqua counties, New York before moving to Michigan in 1843, the Palmer House reflects in its I-house and Greek Revival styling the New England and New York origins of Palmer and of many early Hudson area white settlers. Both the house form and styling were common in western Connecticut, where Litchfield is located, as well as Delaware and Chautauqua counties, New York, in the early twentieth century. Lorenzo Palmer's move from New England to upstate New York and finally to Michigan also reflects a common pattern of settlement in southern Michigan in the 1830s and 1840s by New Englanders and New Yorkers. A large majority of white settlers in the early years of statehood in the 1830s and 1840s were born in New England and New York.
Period of Significance last half 19th century
Significant Date(s) 1845
Registry Type(s) 10/08/2001 National Register listed
Site ID# P47704