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If you can prove that date, the house should get an historical marker planted out front.

1867 - Kurt's inspection house.

1868 - First shipment of Portland cement to the US.

1871 - First production of Portland cement in the US, about 20 miles from my home.

1871 - Construction began on the first documented formed concrete house.

1908 - Dr. Henry Mercer encapsulates an historic PA farmhouse and carriage house in concrete, now considered "historically significant architecture". (He should have been convicted of crimes against architecture)

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Originally posted by inspecthistoric

If you can prove that date, the house should get an historical marker planted out front.

1867 - Kurt's inspection house.

1868 - First shipment of Portland cement to the US.

1871 - First production of Portland cement in the US, about 20 miles from my home.

1871 - Construction began on the first documented formed concrete house.

1908 - Dr. Henry Mercer encapsulates an historic PA farmhouse and carriage house in concrete, now considered "historically significant architecture". (He should have been convicted of crimes against architecture)

Hmmmm......It's registered w/the Evanston Historical Society as the "Grout House", 1867. The storyline goes that it was the original manor/farm house and they owned all the land around it. It's appropriately located for that.

The attic had concrete walls @ the gable & dormers. It was concrete, footer to rafter, for sure. The bumped out thing @ the left w/the corbeled brick was an addition from approx. 1900.

I'm going to be looking into this.

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This one isn't as old as Kurt's; maybe around 1925. It is one of five or six in Owosso, Mi. The unique thing is none are the same, except for the "biskit" block foundations.

Don't know much else about them other than they are in excellent repair for age and exposures.

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