One of the better known Marshall dwellings with Greek Revival influences is the Governor's Mansion which was built in 1839. This mansion was built in anticipation that Marshall would become the State Capital of Michigan. Today all that is left of the dream is an area known as Capitol Hill and the speculative Governor's Mansion.
Built by James Wright Gordon, later to be Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, the home was given to the Mary Marshall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in 1966. The members of the DAR have spent the time since restoring and refurbishing the mansion.
The one and a half story wooden structure has a side-front entrance from the one-story portico porch which runs the full width of the dwelling. The Doric columns on the front porch were made in Detroit and hauled by ox teams to Marshall. Visitors will be impressed with the condition of the original fruitwood flooring and the furniture and artifacts, many of which have been donated by interested Marshall citizens and Mary Marshall DAR members. Of particular interest is a silver tea service of Britannia pattern which was donated by the family of Norma Vogelreuter, a DAR member for over 60 years. A charming Japanese tea set is displayed with the silver service on the dining room table. The drop leaf dining room table (1890) made of cherry was bequeathed by a former DAR member as was the needlepoint chair located by the desk in the meeting room. The handsome Empire secretary houses a collection of antique china, many pieces hand painted. A beautiful Victorian marble top table is featured in the living room, near the swooning couch.
The Governor's Mansion is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and in the Library of Congress Historic American Building Survey. It is owned and operated by the Mary Marshall Chapter DAR. They have summer hours, are open other times by appointment, and is also available as an event rental facility.
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