Photographer's Note

Ok, so it may not be haunted but I liked the idea of adapting the title from the 1959 film with Vincent Price.

In the sleepy town of Frankfort three Victorian homes sit perched on a hillside along Leelanau Avenue. Built a century to a century and a half ago they once had unobstructed views of Betsie Bay and Lake Michigan. Today, however, newer homes hinder the view down the hillside. All three are similar to one another and are wood-frame, clapboard and shingle houses of "some pretension".

This is the middle of the three homes in position and age, being built in 1895. Known as the James Lockhart House it is a "profusion of wings, bays, gables and towers extending from a rectangular core." As with the other two homes this one was once a summer retreat for its wealthy owners. Today is has been converted into a bed and breakfast.

You can see the steps leading to the first house while the other is on the other side of the line of trees. The other two are more impressive but this is the photo I liked of the bunch.

The other two homes along with this one continued on a trend of Victorian and Italianate home design through the 19th century. Examples can be seen all around the state and each example expresses its own location. Here wood makes up the primary building material since this was lumber country. In Ionia they used locally quarried Pink Ionia Sandstone (here and here). And elsewhere where bricks were the locally available material they were built of bricks. So in every location the same type of home may look completely different based on the local building traditions.

I'm sure this scene would be beautiful in the autumn and there was one other home I somehow missed when we left Frankfort. So I have reasons to return to this sleepy little town on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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