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Structures of Henry T. Brush

"Mr. Brush was one of the most promising of the younger architects of Detroit, and was without doubt a real artist in his profession."

--The Evening News, Detroit July 15, 1879, 4 o'clock Edition


Methodist Church of Canada, located on East Park near Queen, Chatham, Ont., Canada
Made of brick
Brush
Built 1873
2005 - ?


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Orchard Lake Chapel, Orchard Lake, Michigan
Brush
Built 1874
Still in use
Colin and Caroline Campbell were Jeanie Flora Campbell's (Henry T. Brush's first wife) parents.



Central Hall, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan
Brush & Smith
Built 1874 - 1875
Still in use



$250 and two scholarships to Hillsdale College. The fee Henry T. Brush and Hugh Smith charged for their architectural design of the still in use Central Hall at Hillsdale College.
Source: Treasurer's Annual Report 1875, Hillsdale College


1935_Aerial_View Fine Arts Building
Fine Arts Building, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan
Brush & Smith
Built 1874 - 1875
No longer existant


Knowlton Hall
Knowlton Hall, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan
Brush & Smith
Built 1874 - 1875
No longer existant


Detroit Public Library Library Reading Room Detroit Public Library, Original Plan, Notice curved pyramidal dome not incorporated in final structure
Detroit Public Library, Detroit
Brush & Smith
Built 1875-1877
Destroyed, Replaced by Downtown Library in 1932.


Williamston School House Williamston School House
Williamston School House, Williamston, Michigan
Brush & Smith
Built 1875
Burned 1887


Ransom Gillis Home
The Ransom Gillis Home, 63 Alfred Street, Detroit, corner of Alfred and John R
Brush & Mason
Built 1876
Ruin


Clement Lafferty House
Clement Lafferty House, West Fort Street between 12th and 13th streets, Detroit
Brush
Built 1876
Destroyed


George O. Robinson House
George O. Robinson House, Corner of Cass Avenue and Ledyard, Detroit
Brush & Smith
Built 1876
Torn down during WWII



David Ward House, West Bloomfield Township, Michigan (A $25,000 residence at Pontiac?)
Brush
Built ?
Torn down


ypsilanti high school
Ypsilanti High School, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Brush & ?
Corner of Washington and Cross Streets in Ypsilanti. Per Ypsilanti Press, April 29, 1965:
"...built in 1879. It was partially destroyed by fire on May 3, 1894 but was quickly rebuilt. Fire, caused by lighting, destroyed the tower on August 14, 1904 but it was soon repaired. The bell, however, was damaged and had to be recast. When the school was finally torn down to make way for the addition to the high school in 1929, the same bell was moved to a cupola over the main entrance of the new building as was the "town clock."


Websterschool
Twenty-first Street Public School, Detroit, Michigan
Built
1874


Seventh-Day Adventists' Tabernacle, Battle Creek, Michigan


Women's Hospital
Woman's Hospital and Foundlings' Home
Opened
1876


Public School Windsor, Ont., Canada


Shaary Zedec   Shaary Zedec
Sherey Zedeck Synagogue, at Antoine and Congress Streets, Detroit, Michigan


Shaary Zedec  

Early history or Shaary Zedec Source: History of Detroit and Wayne County and Early Michigan: A Chronological of the Past and Present, 3rd Ed., Silas Farmer, 1890, page 629


Residence of Hon. T. W. Palmer, corner of Woodward and Fransworth (Interior Alterations), Detroit, Michigan


Farnsworth
Residence of L.L. Farnsworth, corner of Woodward and Frederick, Detroit, Michigan
Built
1876


Residence of A.H. West, Petite Cote, Ont., Canada


Residence of W.H. Burk, Petite Cote, Ont., Canada


Heames
Residence of Hon. Henry Heames, corner for Fort and 22nd, Detroit, Michigan
Built
1874


Eaton
Residence of Mrs. Caroline Eaton, Woodward opposite Frederick St., Detroit, Michigan
Built
1872


Residence of E.G. Allan, High St. between Woodard and John R, Detroit, Michigan


Residence of A.H. Muir, Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan


Residence of J.J. Berger, corner of Russell and Congress Streets, Detroit, Michigan


Residence of S.B. Dixon, Forest Avenue, Detroit, Michigan


Residence of C.C. Hickey, Warren Avenue, Detroit, Michigan


Residence of Wm. McGrath, corner of Cass and Forest Avenues, Detroit, Michigan


Residence of Wm. J. Fowler, on Cass Ave, Detroit, Michigan


Residence of Mrs. Willson, at the corner of High and Clifford Streets, Detroit, Michigan




14th and 9th Street Schools, Franklin, Pennsylvania


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Ad published after Henry's death, the best historical summary of his works, though Donaldson seems to be taking credit for them somewhat. From:

J.W. Weeks & Co., Detroit city directory for 1879 : embracing a complete alphabetical list of business firms and private citizens, a directory of the city and county officers, churches, public and private schools, benevolent, literary, and other associations, banks and incorporated institutions : to which is added a complete classified business directory of Detroit Detroit: J.W. Weeks & Co., 1879, 922 pgs.




Henry T. Brush original Sketches?
This document can be found in the Burton Collection under the files for George D. Mason. The front side is a form letter to be sent to potential clients announcing Henry T. Brush opening a new office on Moffat Block. This probably dates to just after Brush split with his earlier business partner Hugh Smith. It is also probably in the Mason files as Mason worked for Brush at this time.
The back side of this document is the most interesting as it contains some hand sketches of what look like decorative architectural details. Could these be by the hand of Henry T. Brush himself, from the hand of George Mason, or by someone else? I do not know but it is an interesting development. Source: Burton Collection Thanks to Thomas Brunk for making me aware of these.



Moffat Building where Henry T. Brush had his last office.


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  1. Suitor, Stephanie . "Methodist Church pre-1879." E-mail to John Kossik. Tue 5/10/2005.
  2. Picture, Orchard Lake Chapel and Historic Marker, John Kossik, 8/2009
  3. Picture, Hillsdale College Central Hall, John Kossik, 6/2014
  4. Picture, Hillsdale College Central Hall Clock Tower, John Kossik, 6/2014
  5. Picture, Hillsdale College Central Hall Inside of stain glass windows, John Kossik, 6/2014
  6. Ferry, W. Hawkins, The Buildings of Detroit : A History, Wayne State University Press, 1980.
  7. Jones, David H., Tracing of Etching of Williamston Public School, Personal Communication with John Kossik, 5/12/2005.
  8. Jones, David H., Book on history of Willianston Public School, Personal Communication with John Kossik, 5/12/2005.
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  10. "Picture of Ransom Gillis Home." John Kossik, 2/2005.
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  20. Picture, 9th Street School, Historic Franklin Preservation Association.
  21. Picture, 1935 Aerial Photo, Hillsdale College Archives and Special Collection, lib.hillsdale.edu (6/2014).
  22. Picture, Fine Arts Building, Hillsdale College Archives and Special Collection, lib.hillsdale.edu (6/2014).
  23. Picture, Knowlton Hall, Hillsdale College Archives and Special Collection, lib.hillsdale.edu (6/2014).
  24. Picture, Sherey Zedeck Synagogue, Congregation Shaarey Zedek's History, [http://www.shaareyzedek.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Our-Story-7.jpg] (4/26/15).
  25. Picture, Clement Lafferty residence, Burton Collection, Detroit Public Library, [http://digitalcollections.detroitpubliclibrary.org/islandora/object/islandora%3A148589] (7/2015).
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