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December 11, 2013

Looking Back — The Upton House

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Looking Back — The Upton House
 

Compiled by Debbie Vercellone

The Upton House was built by William Upton on the corner of Utica Road and Dodge Park in 1866-67. The brick, Italianate-style house earned a State Historical Marker in 1985 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

Born in England in 1835, Upton moved to Detroit with his family as a 10-year-old boy in the 1840s. Upton was not only a farmer and businessman, but he was also a real estate broker, a sheep broker, a constable and a road overseer. He also was involved with the Salvation Army. Upton and his wife, Sarah, lived in the house until 1891, and the couple then moved to Utica and later to Rochester before they died.

After several different families and owners lived at the house, it was sold to the Macomb Child Guidance Center in 1964. The Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department took over the home in 1978. The building has more recently been used for some city meetings and special events.

Do you own a piece of history? Send us your historically significant photos from around town and we may be able to feature them in an upcoming edition of Looking Back. Email them to Eric Czarnik at eczarnik@candg news.com or call (586) 498-1058.