The 54th Annual Marshall Historic Home Tour on September 9th and 10th will feature six private residences including the Italianate-style home built in 1873 for prominent local merchant Jeremiah Cronin.
“The six tour homes reflect six different and distinctive architectural styles,” said Ray Lessnau, home tour co-chair. “The home of Jeremiah Cronin, which inspired the 1973 John Bellairs novel The House with a Clock in its Walls will be on the tour for the first time in almost 10 years. It now shows the beautiful interior design choices of the new owners.”
The nearby Queen-Anne-style home built in 1886 for Jeremiah’s brother Thomas Cronin also is on this year’s tour. It had been on two recent tours as under restoration.
The other tour homes are an 1857 Gothic-Revival-style home, an 1858 cottage, Marshall’s only Second Empire home built in 1870, and an early 1900s Craftsman-style house that was likely updated from a smaller pre-Civil-War dwelling.
The tour will be 9am to 5pm on Saturday, September 9th, and 10am to 5pm on Sunday, September 10th. The Honolulu House Museum, 107 N. Kalamazoo Ave., again will be the focal point for home tour activities.
The tour will include more than 20 sites including eight local museums and historic buildings at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. Advance tickets cost $17 and are available through September 4th at www.marshallhometour.org or by calling (269) 781-8544. Tickets will be $20 after September 4th. Tickets are good for both days. Parking is free downtown and at the fairgrounds. Free shuttle buses will run to the tour sites.
The Marshall Historic Home Tour began in 1964 and has grown into the longest-running home tour in the Midwest. The Marshall Historical Society uses the home tour proceeds to maintain and enhance its three museums and to support community efforts to preserve, protect and promote Marshall’s historic heritage..