Pendleton-Alexander House (For Sale!)

This remarkable octagon house, at the corner of Eagle and Hanover Streets, in Marshall Michigan was was built in 1856 by Increase Pendleton. Morgan Alexander, a lumber dealer, purchased the house in 1875 and did extensive repairs which included plastering the exterior stone walls and the addition of decorative trim (brackets and porches.) When I saw it, I nearly had an apoplectic fit!


Information from the book, "Nineteenth Century Homes of Marshall, Michigan" by Mabel Cooper Skjelver. (minus the comment concerning the "apoplectic fir.) A great overview of the homes in a town remarkably rich in architecture.


Rob Robbins reports that it is also FOR SALE!

  • mountain4pam 6y

    OH my, I just love this house, what a beautiful home, my Grandparents had a home almost just like this, outside of Leesburg and the Gravel Pit tore it down, and had forced them to sell, or they thought.. glad to see this standing and so regal... great post !
  • OzPaws 6y

    Seriously cool house!
  • Al Mullen 6y

    Really a great one!
  • Cayce 6y

    Wow! Fantastic house! I wish I could live there!
  • Dallas and Mandi Uhls 6y

    Wow, what a beauty!
  • caboose_rodeo 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Octagon Houses (and other curious buildings), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Equinox27 6y

    You all deserve this house!
  • Nolan 6y

    What a great house! Sorry I missed this when I visited Marshall.
  • JaimeJAM 6y

    i love my home town...marshall michigan
    and i too love capturing the beauty of it all to share :)
    great shot
  • عالي السكوت~ ما اسمعك 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Design with a Big D !, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Leonardo Martins (Don't feel shy, leave a comment! 4y

    What a great work of art! Unfortunately its not in that good shape...
  • themaskedman55 4y

    Bloody fabulous house!
  • Teresa M. (Terry) Forrest 3y

    Interesting architecture.

    Seen in Pictures of 2000.

  • Marc Oliver John 2y

    Great Picture! Thank you!

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  • bradw83 2y

    My parents purchased this home, the Pendelton-Alexander octagon house, 3 years ago with plans for its complete restoration and preservation. They have already begun with some improvements to the stucco exterior and rewiring of the electrical and plumbing systems in the house, but the interior is in need of a LOT of work. Luckily, most of the original woodwork and plasterwork was left intact and untouched. However, for a time in its history, this house served as a rooming house and therefore the woman who owned it at the time chopped the place up by adding shabby sheet rocked walls to break up some of the larger rooms and lowered the ceilings in different sections. Because of this, a lot of the upstairs moldings around windows and doors, specifically, will need to be restored.

    Side note: I grew up in a Victorian home built around the same year in Hillside, NJ that they spent the better part of 22+ years diligently restoring back to its former glory. They eventually sold it after the town levied ridiculously high property taxes and the neighborhood started to take a turn for the worse. Point being, they have an enormous amount of experience and talent in the restoration department, not to mention an unwavering passion for the preservation of buildings from that era, and the house could not be in better hands. I, along with countless others, am biting at the bit to see the transformation over the next several years! :)
  • Equinox27 2y

    bradw83 Thanks so much for the personal update! I am so glad this gem is in good hands. Fortunately the damage done during the years as a rooming house were not extensive. I have not been in Marshall for many years, might be interesting to go back for an update!
  • Edward Miller 11mo

    I've driven by this house before. Always excited to see an Octagon House. Beautiful!
  • helenoftheways 10mo

    Increase Pendleton??! What a name!! :D
    Super house, great image.

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  • roney wilson 3mo

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  • Black.Doll 3mo

    bradw83 I photographed this beauty last fall. Do you know why the "brackets" (not sure what the term is) above the exterior windows are different colors?
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