Post Mansion

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Building Name

Post Mansion

Description

The Old Post Mansion was built by Dr. Lewis H. Jones between 1899 and 1909. Dr. Jones purchased the property around 1900, from Samuel Post, a Detroit soup manufacturer. Dr. Jones lived in the home until the property was purchased by the state in 1915 to serve as the president's house. Dr. Charles McKenny, President 1912-1933, was the first and only president to reside in the home. McKenny died while in office, leaving his widow with out a home of her own. Incoming President John M. Munson, allowed Mrs. McKenny to remain in the house for the rest of her life. Munson chose to live in the Huron Hotel. Following Mrs. McKenny's death in 1939, Munson decided that the location of the president's house would be better used for residence halls, due to its central location.

Building Namesake

Samuel Post, original property owner and Detroit Soup Manufacturer

Year Constructed

c.1900

Building Functions

President's House

Original Cost

$243,943

Architectural Style

Queen Anne

Rights

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