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Raising theRoof Addenda:

Additional notes on buildings of the Saugatuck and Douglas area havebeen provided by visitors to the 1999 exhibit "Raising the Roof: Buildingsand Architecture of the Saugatuck and Douglas Area."


1020 Holland St., Saugatuck

The house at 1020 Holland Streetcame from Singapore and wasoriginally wood, a Michigan farmhouse, ownedby the Marshallfamily.

They had twogirls and a boy and when Mr. Marshall died the son bought out his sisters'shares in the house with the provision the he not renovate "mother'sbedroom." This was the only bedroom on the main floor.

The son did extensive interior andexterior renovation, bricking the exterior, putting in hand hewnbeamsand creating an open floor plan. It is said that he treated the beams (that hadcome from a barn or house, locally) by boiling them in a huge pot in the yard.This treatment reddened them.

The front doorwere taken from the Brittain House, that was formerlydowntown where the bank parking lot is now. The cupola or "widow's walk"from the top of the Britainhouse is now down by the river front behind 1020 Holland Street.

Extensive railroad ties and brick walls and patios were created in theyard. Railroad ties dated 1925 were set into steps eight feet and greater fromthe back yard to the river.

Mr. Marshall sold the house to theRombergs who owned it for 20 years and built thelarge garden shed in the back yard. It was then sold to Earl Boudreau in 1996.


900 Lake Street, Saugatuck

The building that is now the Twin Gables Bed and Breakfast was onceowned by Samuel Clipson and hiswife, Susan (Mason) Clipson. They owned it asa brewery, which burned down once and was rebuilt during the time they ownedit.



ca1915 Twin Gables Hotel near the south end of Lake Street


Sam came tothis country about 1850 and lived in Allegan before coming to Saugatuck. Theyhad several children, four of eight survived to adulthood. One, Lewis,committed suicide at the age of 35 inthe outhouse by slitting his throat ear--to-ear with a razor blade or knife.Daughter Elizabeth married Joseph Lewis andmoved to Edmore, Michigan. Son, Charles, moved to Berlin Heights, Ohio,presumably to be with his mother's family. anotherson, Sam Jr., disappeared. We don't know what became of him.

Samuel Sr., Susan, Lewis and threeyoung children, possibly four, are buried in riverside Cemetery in Saugatuck.

Samuel wasonce accused of selling beer on Sunday, but he was only checking on the batch,and was found to be innocent. Since being a brewery, I understand it was also atannery and a couple of other different businesses.


Shelly Clipson-Shock, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Saugatuck Buildings and a Tree House

The book "Raising the Roof'arrived safely and I have been walking dawn memory lane ever since.

I have beengoing through old Saugatuck pictures and have found many of my maternalGrandfather's house at the corner of Maple and Allegan Streets. Also a pictureof a house that shows my paternal Grandmother and Dad (when a young boy) alongwith several women sitting on the porch. There is a forsale sign on the house and would be about 1907. I also found a picture of thehouse that my great-grand-uncle (August Pfaff) lived in on Water Street (and probably built since hewas a carpenter). this is the porch that was paintedpurple when we were in Saugatuck in 1992 and was several gift shops.



Ca 1909 AugustPfaff home left center - on Water Street


I am under theimpression that the Walz meat market on Butler Street(later a tavern and then East of the Sun) was also built by thisgreat-grand-uncle. Chris Walz was married to mygreat-grand-aunt who was the sister of August. Their son, Fritz, was married toEdith who is mentioned in the book as working at the Fruit Exchange. There wasalso a connection through marriage to Charles Redabaughof the Butler Hotel.

It is only bychance that both sides of my family had Saugatuck connections. My paternalgrandfather grew up there and my maternal grandfather was involved with the BigPavilion.

Your booktriggered a memory that I have of a tree house that was used for honeymooners.I believe it was on the road from Douglastoward Douglas Beach (beyond the golf course) and would have been on the southside of the road. As a child it fascinated me. I think there was another treehouse on Lake Shore Drive.

Sorry toramble on so, but Saugatuck is a special place to me and the book has stirredup many fond memories.

Marion Britz,

Sanibel, Florida


The honeymoon treehouse with Lake Michiganin the background - exact location a history mystery


This is the first mention I have ever runacross about tree houses, especially commodious enough for grown-ups. Doesanyone have more information or a picture? The Lane family, at 41 SpringStreet, Douglas, had a tree house for kids in a big willow tree between the quonset hut andthe garage off the alley behind the DouglasBakery. Unfortunately beer trucks making deliveries at the bakery wouldsometimes bump it (and eventually caused its demise) and so kids in the treehouse used to really scramble when they saw a big truckturn into the alley.