George C. Stockbridge - Herbert Everard House

Left: Picturesque Kalamazoo, 1890, p.47
Right: Photo by Alex Forist, April 2006
  • Location: 821 West South Street, Kalamazoo
  • Survey ID: R-23
  • Designation: George C. Stockbridge - Herbert Everard House
  • Date: 1885
  • Style: Queen Anne

The following material is from the 1973 Initial Inventory of Historic Sites and Buildings in Kalamazoo and was made available for use here by the Historic Preservation Coordinator of the City of Kalamazoo. See Introduction to an Initial Inventory for details about how the survey was conducted.

When George C. Stockbridge began to build in 1885, South Street was one of the city's fine old residential districts. Some homes had stood for almost half a century; a few were being replaced by fine new buildings. None could equal the magnificence of the Stockbridge mansion as it neared completion that year. In the fashionable Queen Anne style, it gave something of the feeling of the old English manor houses of the Elizabethan era with its rambling form, its gabled ends and decorative moldings. Around the estate ran an ornamental iron fence.

Nephew of Senator Francis Stockbridge, whose Italian Villa stood for years on the Kalamazoo College grounds, George Stockbridge wore several hats in local business circles. He was Vice-President and Treasurer of the Kalamazoo Spring and Axle Company, President of the Kalamazoo Cartage Company, and General Manager of the speculative venture called the Lumbermen's Mining Company. Neighbors soon came to know the Stockbridge home as a lavish entertainment center. Much of the home was designed to fit the family's social life. The Stockbridge dinner dances offered Kalamazoo socialites a chance to share in elaborate banquets and browse in the library which was Stockbridge's pride. More than a quarter of a century later, the Gazette would say of Mrs. Stockbridge, "no more delightful hostess ever lived in Kalamazoo". Stockbridge passed away early in the 1890's, however, and his widow moved back to her family home in New York.

Herbert Everard, 33, bought the big house in 1892. Born on a farm west of Kalamazoo in 1859, Everard became a printer, soon merging with Reinhold and Otto Ihling into one of the major printing houses in the region. He also pursued a strong interest in the Bryant Paper Company and several other business enterprises. He and his family lived for several years on South Street, then moved to Detroit about 1908, when Everard undertook to expand, the Detroit Sulphite Fibre Company into a major industrial plant. He died "one of the best known businessmen in Michigan". The family kept the South Street address as a summer home for many years. In 1917, when the influenza epidemic hit Kalamazoo, Mrs. Everard allowed the house to serve as an emergency hospital. It passed in the 1920's to the Scott Field family and was later converted into several apartments.

Kalamazoo County Tax Rolls:

not available for period

Kalamazoo City Directory:

1883 No Stockbridge on South Street

1885-6 George C. Stockbridge, 755 W. South; VP & Treas. Kal. Spring & Axle Co., Pres. Kal. Cart Co., Genl. Manager, Lumbermen's Mining Co.

1891 George C. Stockbridge, 755 W. South

1892 not available

1893 Herbert H. Everard, 755 West South (Ih1ing Brothers & Everard)

Kalamazoo Gazette:

clippings from 1944 and (1925?) give date as 1885 and Everard purchase as 1892

This report was converted from a typewritten document to a digital text document in September 2004. Other than punctuation and spelling corrections, and the addition of BOLD type site address and names, no changes were made. Minor formatting changes were made for use on this website, but the text was not altered. Original survey dated 1973.

Sources

Books

Kalamazoo Lost & Found

  • Houghton, Lynn Smith and Pamela Hall O'Connor
  • Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission, 2001, pages 181
  • H 720.9774 H838

Kalamazoo: Nineteenth-Century Homes in a Midwestern Village

  • Schmitt, Peter J.
  • Kalamazoo City Historical Commission, 1976, pages 151, 180, 181
  • H 720.9774 S355

Local History Room Subject File

Houses - Kalamazoo - South St., W., 821