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Monday, March 18,2013

Four floors of history

The Potter House opens its doors to raise funds for the Historical Society of Greater Lansing

by Holly Johnson
Wednesday, May 9 — The Historical Society of Greater Lansing hosts an architectural tour and fundraiser at the Potter House on Friday, May 18. The Potter House, located at 1348 Cambridge Road, is one of Lansing’s largest mansions and historically significant homes.

“The event will include a full tour of all four floors of the home, during which we will discuss the architecture and construction of the home, as well as how the home as been used by the Potter Family,” said HSGL president Valerie Marvin.

Since it was built in 1927, the house has had many owners, including the Catholic Diocese of Lansing, Adjutant General for Michigan Vernon Andrews, and Dan and Marlee Musser, owners of Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel. James McClurken and Sergei Kvitko are the current owners.

The tour, led by Lansing Community College architecture professor Jim Perkins, showcases highlights of the house, such as what Marvin calls the “stunningly beautiful murals of exotic animals and Flint Faience tiles.”

Proceeds benefit the HSGL’s long-term plan to open a museum specifically dedicated to the Lansing area, as well as the Society’s “pop-up for history” exhibits, which kick off June 2.

Tickets for the event are $50 per person, and can be purchased by calling the HSGL at (517) 282-0671, or emailing info@lansinghistory.org.

For more information, visit the HSGL website.
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