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Property: Rosewood Inn, 15275 Francis Road, Watertown Township

Owner: Valerie and Joseph Cordes

Assessed value: $310,000

Rural America has a wealth of architectural styles. The Rosewood Inn Bed and Breakfast on Francis Road, just north of where Interstates 96 and 69 meet, is one of these instances. 

Built in the 1870s, the Italianate farmhouse has been extensively renovated by its owners, Joseph and Valerie Cordes. For more than 100 years, the house was a simple 30-foot-by-30-foot box. In the mid-2000s, the Cordes’ vision took it to the next level with several complementary additions that increased the footprint to 7,000 square feet.

The building is no longer part of a working farm, but the Cordes’ renovation made the aged house relevant again. Careful attention to the Italianate style — combined with contemporary materials including cement board, siding and PVC detailing — restored the aesthetics. When asked about the experience, Valeria Cordes said, “We wondered many times about our decision, but we couldn’t be happier about the result.” 

The architecture combined in its bucolic setting couldn’t be more perfect for an inn.


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