Built in 1887 by Samuel J.P. Smead, a banker from the state of New York. This house was his dream home, but unfortunately he only got to spend one Christmas in the house before passing away. His wife and daughter, however, went on to live in the home for over 40 years.
The craftsmanship of the home is unsurpassed in the area and exquisitely preserved. Many of the original gas fixtures were kept and converted to electric; kept as well is the original 1887 wallpaper in the grand entryway. The stairs are lit by southern sun through the original stained glass windows imported from England. Also original is the quartersawn oak woodwork throughout the home. Nearly all furniture is from the Victorian era, and a few pieces even belonged to the Smead family.
We are located in beautiful Mason, Michigan. Settled in the 1830’s as a lumber and logging town, Mason incorporated as a city at the end of the Civil War in 1865. Mason is the county seat for Ingham County, which is unique in the nation for not being the same city as the state capital. The downtown area has been wonderfully preserved and is home to many second- and third-generation family businesses, including Kean’s Five and Dime, Ware’s Pharmacy, and the Mason Antiques District.
Mason is located in the heart of Michigan along Hwy 127, just minutes from downtown Lansing and Michigan State University.
We are 5 miles south of I-96/Lansing and 20 miles north of I-94/Jackson. The Lansing area is served by the Capital City Airport which is a short 25 minute drive north. If you are flying your own light aircraft, Jewett Airfield is just outside Mason city limits and we can arrange shuttle service for you.