Honolulu House


Honolulu House, also known as the Abner Pratt House, is a historic home in Marshall, Michigan, built in 1860 as a Hawaiian-inspired house with Italianate and Gothic Revival styles.

Honolulu House
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Abner Pratt House (Honolulu House) in 1965
Honolulu House is located in Michigan
Honolulu House
Honolulu House is located in the United States
Honolulu House
Location107 N. Kalamazoo Avenue,
Marshall, Michigan
Coordinates42°16′21.7″N 84°57′52.4″W / 42.272694°N 84.964556°W / 42.272694; -84.964556Coordinates: 42°16′21.7″N 84°57′52.4″W / 42.272694°N 84.964556°W / 42.272694; -84.964556
Architectural styleItalianate
Part ofMarshall Michigan Historic Landmark District (ID91002053)
NRHP reference No.70000267[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 8, 1970
Designated NHLDCPJuly 17, 1991[2]


The house was built by Abner Pratt, a former chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and United States Consul to Hawaii under President James Buchanan. Pratt lived in the Hawaiian islands for many years, and after settling in Marshall, he began to recreate his former surroundings by building Honolulu House.[3] The house was built across the street from a house that Pratt had built as a wedding gift for his daughter in 1841.[4] The Honolulu house has a sprawling wraparound porch, reminiscent of the Hawaiian 'Iolani Palace. The walls were painted with tropical scenes.[3][5]

Pratt died of pneumonia in 1863.[5] The house was renovated in 1951[3] and was acquired in 1961 by the Marshall Historical Society for use as a museum.[6][7]


The Honolulu House is a two-story House clad in white vertical board and batten siding and sitting on a five-foot high sandstone foundation. The house measures 77 feet long by 37 feet deep. The front of the house has a deep, wide veranda supported by ornamental columns on sandstone piers. Massive triple brackets are atop each column, and ornamental wood tracery arches connect each pair of columns. The window locations are symmetrical, with large bay windows on each end of the house. Main floor windows are topped with wooden ornamental hoods. Above is a hipped roof, with four symmetrically placed chimneys, and a distinctive pagoda-roofed tower sitting above the main doorway and entrance stairs.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "Marshall Historic District". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
  3. ^ a b c Susan K. Collins; Nancy Todd (October 24, 1990). Carolyn Pitts (ed.). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form : Marshall Michigan Historic Landmark District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-07-17. Accompanying photos
  4. ^ Carver, Richard W. (1993). A History of Marshall. Donning Co. Publishers. p. 42.
  5. ^ a b von Buol, Peter (Fall 2006). "Abner Pratt and Michigan's Honolulu House". Prologue Magazine. National Archives and Records Administration. 38 (3). Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  6. ^ "Honolulu House". Marshall Historical Society. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  7. ^ "Honolulu House in Marshall is a nod to tropical living in the middle of Michigan". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved Nov 6, 2018.
  8. ^ Catherine Ellis (April 13, 1970), NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES INVENTORY- NOMINATION FORM: Honolulu House

External linksEdit

  • Honolulu House - Marshall Historical Society