The Castle Historical

The Castle Historical (HM1VXN)

Location: Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Kent County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 57.575', W 85° 39.431'

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Side ADesigned by local architect William G. Robinson, this castle-like edifice was constructed in 1884-86 for Colonel E. Crofton Fox and his brother Charles. Built of granite block imported from Scotland, this house is a fine example of Chateauesque Style architecture. A Heritage Hill landmark, this house features leaded and stained glass windows, and a metal stair dormer superbly crafted to resemble stone. Its interior is adorned with parquet flooring in the entry hall and a carved oak staircase. It was refurbished as a restaurant in 1978.
Side BThe Fox Brothers, Ethelbert Crofton (1852-1904) and Charles (1853-1915), local lumber barons, built this structure as their home. These brothers were partners in a Grand Rapids lumbering firm, Osterhout, Fox & Company, and accumulated vast wealth. Appointed to the State Military Board by Governor Cyrus Luce in 1887, E. Crofton, a colonel, was twice elected president of that organization. He was also associated with with banking and was treasurer of the City Board of Trade. Charles was the founder of the Michigan Trust Company, established in 1889.
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Date Added Saturday, November 26th, 2016 at 5:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 609523 N 4757201
Decimal Degrees42.95958333, -85.65718333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 57.575', W 85° 39.431'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 57' 34.5" N, 85° 39' 25.86" W
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Area Code(s)616
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 455 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids MI 49503, US
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