Thursday, May 14, 2009

Oldest Stone House Approved for First Historic Preservation Designation

At last week's Planning Commission, Lakewood's Oldest Stone House (now located at Lakewood Park) received a Historic Preservation Designation, the first such property to benefit from the designation since the new zoning designation went into effect this January. The application from the Lakewood Historical Society shared new information about this old home.

The property, moved from what is now the corner of Detroit and St. Charles, is the oldest house in Lakewood. Built for John Honam in 1834, the property remained a private residence until 1897 when it was transformed into a store and post office by Lawrence Johnson in 1897.

The house was even considered historic in 1935 when it was drawn and photographed for the Historic American Buildings Survey. It was moved to its current location in 1952 by local historian Margaret Manor Butler. In 1977 it was listed on the National register of Historic Places. Thanks to the efforts of the Historical Society for their work with the city to recognize this symbol of Lakewood's heritage.