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Marvel H. White House, 404 N. Lake St.

c. 1892, Italianate style

This house was constructed in 1892 by Leonard Eaton, Crescent City’s most prominent architect and builder during the historic period, for Marvel H. White. A native of Vermont, White became a prominent machine shop and foundry owner in Moline, Illinois. He first came to Crescent City in 1891 and decided to purchase land for a summer home. He purchased the property on which the house sits from Mary B. Benham in March of 1892 and contracted with Eaton to construct the residence at a cost of $2,548.

While living in Crescent City, White became involved in local civic affairs and served a number of terms as a town alderman. The house was acquired by William L. Crosby about 1919 and then by Lizzie and William Wilson of New Hampshire in 1924. The Wilsons spent summers at the house until 1935 when they sold it to E.M. Pickens. The current owners are the Duke/Watson family, who purchased and restored the home since 2019. The house is significant as a relatively elaborate example of vernacular architecture of the Victorian period. It is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places as an individual property.

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