The John W. Day House, photo c. 1985
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Day, John W., House
4985 Dryden Road, Dryden vicinity - Lapeer County
Other Names Day-Dittman House
Property Type frame house
Historic Use DOMESTIC/single dwelling
Current Use DOMESTIC/single dwelling
Style Greek Revival
Narrative Description The John W. Day House, Built in 1863, is a wood-framed and -sheathed home composed of a two-story, three-bay, front-gable main mass with a single-story, side-gable ell off its eastern side. Flush-board siding; a center door with molded enframement; and a projecting portico with wide entablature, molded pediment, and four hexagonal columns linked by round-arched latticework screens with finials detail the two-story portion of the main facade. Additional scalloped-bottom latticework screens with finials ornament the recessed porch of the ell. A one-and-one-half-story, two-part addition was built along one whole facade of the house in the 1880s, extending the ell and adding a large room. The home remains largely intact except for the 1974 construction of a single-story entry arcade and porch at the back of the white-painted, black-shuttered home, the recent construction of a bay window, and, inside, the addition of bathrooms and modern kitchen fixtures.
Statement of Significance The significance of the John W. Day House stems from its unusual architectural detailing. A wood-framed building sheathed in clap- and flush-board siding, the house basically is Greek Revival in styling. However, an extended front portico supported by hexagonal columns that are linked by delicate round-arch latticework screens is one of several unusual decorative features that make the home unique in Lapeer County. Built in 1863 for John W. Day, a pioneer farmer, the home was purchased in 1878 by Augustus Dittman, a Prussian immigrant whose family remained in the home until the 1970s. The house remains a private residence.
Period of Significance 1826-1865
Significant Date(s) Built 1856
Registry Type(s) 12/17/1987 National Register listed
09/26/1987 State Register listed
Site ID# P23833