Gamaliel Thompson House, photo submitted 1976
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Thompson, Gamaliel, House
101 Summit Street, Hudson - Lenawee County
Other Names William Thompson House
Property Type frame house
Historic Use DOMESTIC
Current Use DOMESTIC
Style Queen Anne
Architect/Builder John L. Matthes and Company
Narrative Description The Gamaliel Thompson House is a richly decorated, two-and-one-half-story, Queen Anne house standing on a raised stone foundation. Covered in clapboard siding, and topped by an octagonal interlocking tin-plate shingle roof broken by various sharply angled dormers. A turret on the second floor, two gabled balconies with elaborate pierced wood supports and a bracketed bay window project from the house. Other Victorian ornamentation includes dormers topped with the same painted tin as the main roof and elaborated with scalloped barge boards, brackets, and fish-scale shingle siding. The stunning cherry paneled interior remains primarily original.
Statement of Significance The Thompson House is the finest example of the work by regionally known builders John L. Matthes and Company of Adrian, and is one of the finest Queen Anne houses in Michigan. The exterior is completely original and detailed documentation regarding its construction has been saved. Built for local banker Gamaliel Ingham Thompson by the Matthes in 1890-1891 at a cost of $6,500, the house is well preserved, having been maintained by three generations of Thompsons with few alterations.
Period of Significance 1866-1900
Significant Date(s) 1890-1891
Registry Type(s) 04/03/1975 National Register listed
02/22/1974 State Register listed
Site ID# P23912