White Deer Lake Camp, Chimney Cabin, Cyrus H. McCormick Experimental Forest, Champion, Marquette County, MI
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Significance: Photographs from about 1907 show the cabin almost complete. Undated plans that agree with the photos show the second floor was originally left open as a porch. By 1930 the porch had been closed in and made into bedrooms. In 1930 changes in hot water plumbing are outlined. Plans of 1932 show additional porches and variations in the bathroom layout. Plans for 1934 show major modifications. The main bathroom floors were raised to the level of the bedrooms and closets changed. Window and door locations in outside walls were altered, new porches built, bathrooms added to first floor bedrooms, new stairwells built, and new floors installed in lower bedrooms. In 1940-41 plans and photographs show further major changes in the building. The boiler room and central heat were added. New porches were built to allow for the boiler room. On the interior, the rooms appeared to have been repaneled, some new windows and door were added, floors and framing of the second floor bedrooms were redone, and the bathrooms and closets were extensively remodeled. Cabinets and closets were also added. Photos of work being done also show major modification to porches and the roof.
Survey number: HABS MI-30-C