1850 Red House

1850 Red House (HM28NZ)

Location: Rochester Hills, MI 48306 Oakland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 41.82', W 83° 6.909'

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Built in approximately 1850, the Red House originally sat across the street from the Van Hoosen Farmhouse. The architectural style is Greek Revival and it appears that the existing structure, though very small, was built in three different phases, suggesting that the additions accommodated changes in family size.

Dr. Sarah Van Hoosen Jones purchased the home to serve as a tenant farmhouse, allowing her employees to live near the Van Hoosen Farm. Sarah had the house moved across the street, over the existing wall, and placed on a new foundation. It is unclear when the northern lean-to addition was added to accommodate a first floor bathroom and bedroom, but it occurred before the house was moved.

The City of Rochester Hills received the Red House as a gift from Michigan State University in December 1996. Since then, the building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has had a complete restoration.

In 1954, on a trip to Vermont, Sarah Van Hoosen Jones saw a house similar to this one painted bright red. In 1955 the "brown house" was moved a little north and west to its present location, modernized, and painted red. The fireplace and chimney were added at this time as well as the octagon-shaped window near the roof on the north side. Otherwise the exterior is the same.
Alice Serrell

Hoosen Farm Employee
HM NumberHM28NZ
Placed ByRochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 326749 N 4729337
Decimal Degrees42.69700000, -83.11515000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 41.82', W 83° 6.909'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 41' 49.2" N, 83° 6' 54.54" W
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Area Code(s)248
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1009 Van Hoosen Rd, Rochester Hills MI 48306, US
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