LOOK: Founding Member of Allegan’s Mansion on Market for $600K
A piece of Allegan, Michigan, history is on the market.
A six-bedroom, six-bath Victorian home on a historical road close to downtown Allegan is for sale for $599,000. Take a tour in the gallery below.
Allegan Pioneer, Alby Rossman's 1869 Mansion For Sale
The stately Victorian residence at 524 Marshall St. was built by one of Allegan's founding members.
According to Wikipedia the home once belonged to Alby Rossman.
Here's a bit more on the Marshall Street Historic District:
Marshall Street was originally an Indian trail, and when Allegan was founded in the 1830s the trail was surveyed and improved... As Allegan grew, residents began to build homes along Marshall... In 1869, Alby Rossman constructed his home at 524 Marshall, and platted the surrounding area as the "Rossman Addition." Rossman's house anchors the center of the district. Rossman's construction precipitated a boom in house building along Marshall Street, with a number of both well-to-do and middle-class families building houses in the area after the Civil War.
The home is also referred to as the Winchester Inn or the Alby and Electa Hooker Dickinson Rossman House. As the Winchester Inn, it appears the home may have at one time been operated as a Bed and Breakfast.
The Rossmans were originally from New York and came to Allegan in 1836, where they opened a foundry and a machine shop.
524 Marshall St. Allegan, Michigan
According to the listing, this historical, Italianate-style home was recently remodeled.
Renovations include custom kitchen and baths, and a new electrical system, roof, and furnace.
A great blend of updated amenities while retaining a lot of the historical charm including the Grand room with its 12 ft. ceiling and large bright windows. An expansive backyard with lots of potential and mature landscaping with fruit trees. Westerly facing screened porch for great afternoon sun and views.
Of the parts of "historical charm" that remain - it appears a fence built by Alby Rossman himself is still standing! According to the Society of Architectural Historians,
Made in Rossman's own foundry, the hand-puddled cast-iron fence has a pattern of interlocking circles that is echoed in the roof cresting of the house.
Check it out and the rest of the house, inside and out, in the pictures below!