Hackley & Hume Historic Sites
In 1887, Charles H. Hackley purchased the lots on which the Hackley & Hume Historic Site now stands. He immediately sold one and one-half of these lots to his business partner, Thomas Hume. Charles H. Hackley hired David S. Hopkins of Grand Rapids to design and build the magnificent houses and City Barn. Construction took place between 1887 and 1889.
Structurally restored to its 1890s appearance, the Hackley House is a unique example of Victorian architecture and of late nineteenth century interior decorative arts. Nationally known artisans from Chicago and New York used original samples uncovered during restoration to bring the elaborate interior stenciling and the 13-color exterior paint scheme back to life.
The interior design of the Hume House is more open and modern than the Hackley House. Filled with spacious living areas and nine family bedrooms decorated with simple patterns, David S. Hopkins designed the house for comfort and a large family. The Hume family expanded the house after the turn of the century creating a beautiful library, a large dining room with geometric tile flooring, and a sleeping porch off of daughter Helen’s room with a terne metal floor. The exterior of the Hume House exhibits its original 14-tone restored color scheme.
The families shared the massive City Barn located between the houses. The term “City Barn” refers to its function and location; literally a barn that sits in the city. The barn housed horses, equipment, and two coachmen, who each had living quarters on the second floor.
Serving as an architectural bridge between the two houses, the City Barn incorporates elements from both its exterior appearance, such as the onion dome, which reflects the Moorish influence of the Hackley House, and the turret, which matches the turret on the Hume House.
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