Avalon Cottage, Interior
At one time this is
one of the best-known cottages in Saugatuck—built high on a dune
overlooking, both the Saugatuck harbor and Lake Michigan (one can find
it’s remains by hiking up the first trail that goes off to the right as
one climbs up Lone Pine dune, just off Park Street). Its owner, the
Chicago-Michigan land speculator, W. S. Harbart appears to have come to
Saugatuck through his support of Reverend Gray, the founder of what is now
Presbyterian Camps. Here the cottage appears to be in the classic Arts &
Crafts manner—stick furniture, wood plank walls, stone fireplace—and
plenty of windows. Photo from about 1900.
John Norton’s Cottage Living
Tucked away in the
wooded dunes, here is another Arts & Crafts classic: wood, wood and more
wood. Barn-sash casement windows, unfinished wood walls, the mandatory
fireplace, craftsman-style furniture and plenty of nooks and shelves for
books and mementoes. Support beams are hand-carved by the cottage
children. Norton was one of Chicago’s best know muralists. Photo from 2004
by Dick Haight.
The Merrill Cottage, Interior.
Michigan, this Lake Shore Drive cottage was the summer home of the South
Bend industrialist Peterson D. Merrill and his family from 1937 until
recently when it was moved (several hundred feet to Lake Shore Drive) and
reconstructed by Chris Shay. Merrill grew up in Chicago, fought in World
War One, and first came to Saugatuck to attend Camp Gray—where he met his
future wife. He was interested in steel production and had a small iron
forge built on his property for hand production of hardware for this house
(and it is said, the fine hinges for the Saugatuck Congregational Church).
The local architect-painter Carl Hoerman was the architect—giving it one
of the many classic “Hoerman” fireplaces, which was moved along with the
house. This interior photo is from 2005. This very fine Hoerman
“Arts&Crafts” house can now be seen from Lake Shore Drive, just north of