Newton/North Newton Register of Historic Places

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The properties listed below have been named to the Newton/North Newton Register of Historic Properties because they possess significant historical, archeological and/or architectural qualities.
The Samuel A. Brown House was built in 1887 in the Queen Anne style and was designed by Varney Brothers Architects, Detroit, MI.  Samuel A. Brown came to Newton in 1872 as an agent for Adams Express, which handled money and other valuables, using the trains for transport.  In 1881, Adams Express merged with Wells Fargo and he became the Wells Fargo agent in Newton.  He purchased two full blocks from the Newton Town Company in what would became known as Brown’s subdivision.  He built his first residence in the summer of 1878 on the corner of Plum and West 6th Street.  In 1886, he moved this building two lots west to allow for the construction of the home that stands today.  On the first floor, the exterior of the property is primarily clad in wood clapboard.  The second story is clad three types of shingles; fish scale, octagonal and staggered.  Stick work accents in three locations.  The first two are located on the primary elevation with the third located on the east side of the home.  Today the home is a well maintained and unique example of the Queen Anne style.

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