November 14, 2010

The Honolulu House

We spent Saturday in Marshall and realized there is so much to discover in the small town.  I was totally intrigued by the Honolulu House.  The building sits on a corner at the very end of the downtown district and its unique architecture makes it almost impossible to miss. 

The Honolulu House was built in 1860 by chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Abner Pratt.  Pratt moved to Michigan from Hawaii and built a replica of his home from the islands.  The house stays true to tropical architecture, contains a beautiful circular staircase, and the walls and ceilings are adorned with morals depicting the Hawaiian tropics.  The Honolulu House is open for tours from May- October and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

We peeked into every possible window, but are  looking forward to taking a full tour next summer!

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