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Dr. Nathan and Pamela Thomas House

Second Home of Anti-Slavery Doctor


The more historically notable, and certainly less elegant pre-Civil War residence of Dr. Nathan and Pamela Thomas is located at 613 E. Cass Street in Schoolcraft, MI. This was the home that the anti-slavery abolitionist, and Quaker physician used as a safehouse along the Underground Railroad artery that ran through southwest Michigan from the 1840s to the end of the war. His second home, built in the fashionable Italianate-style in 1867 sits prominently at the corner of W. Cass and N. Centre Street. It’s a handsome, three-story brick structure featuring an array of decorative details, including an intact cupola and third-floor ballroom. Today, the home retains its broad roof and elaborate cornice, paneled double doors, entry porch, double sash windows, and stone foundation. In the mid-1990s, the 6000 square foot home underwent major renovations by its new owners, adding new life to the 12-room home.

The Dr. Nathan and Pamela Thomas House, Schoolcraft, MI. Photo: Zillow

 

Written by Ryan Gage, Kalamazoo Public Library staff, June 2024

 

Sources

Articles

“Dwelling in the past”
Kalamazoo Gazette, 14 April 1996, page G1, column 1


Local History Room Files

Subject File: Houses – Schoolcraft

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