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This palatial summer cottage was built in 1902 on a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. It was originally a summer cottage for a Chicago attorney, Lawrence Andrew Young. It was later owned by the Hugo Scherer family of Detroit. In 1944, the cottage was purchased by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission and offered to the governor as an official summer residence. Since then, the Park Commission has provided the care and maintenance of the residence and the house was named to the National Register of Historical Places in 1997. The house is approximately 7,100 square feet and has eleven bedrooms, nine and one-half bathrooms and a full basement. The interior features yellow pine and the exterior is constructed of Michigan white pine. The residence is a favorite spot for Mackinac visitors. Free public tours are offered Wednesday mornings throughout the summer, June - August. Visit for more information. Due to Covid, there will be no public tours in the 2021 season.

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