Jira Payne House / The Smith-Kimball Family

Jira Payne House / The Smith-Kimball Family (HM1ZBP)

Location: Clinton, MI 49236 Lenawee County
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N 42° 4.233', W 83° 58.222'

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Jira Payne House

This Greek Revival house was built around 1840 by Jira Payne, owner of the Atlas sawmill. The twin fluted Ionic columns, flanked by square Doric piers, were hand hewn from trees on this property. Emil Lorch, professor of architecture at the University of Michigan from 1906 to 1936, called the portico "one of the most monumental in Michigan." Owned by the George Pomeroy family from 1848 to 1858, the house, known as Pomeroy, Hall was a center of social life in Clinton.

The Smith-Kimball Family

In 1862, John Smith, a Clinton merchant and community leader, purchased this house where he lived until his death in 1886. Smith's son Edwin and daughter-in-law Eupania resided here with their daughter Blanche and her husband, Leander W. Kimball. In 1891-1892 they remodeled extensively by adding second stories to the wings and stained-glass windows. After Leander Kimball died in 1955, Blanch donated the property to the residents of Clinton for use as a community center.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed1992
Placed ByBureau of History, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 at 12:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 254261 N 4661879
Decimal Degrees42.07055000, -83.97036667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 4.233', W 83° 58.222'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 4' 13.98" N, 83° 58' 13.32" W
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Area Code(s)989, 517, 734
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 267-299 Tecumseh Rd, Clinton MI 49236, US
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