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The photographs above were taken on December 2, 2009 by R. Kline and L. Rockwell.
Maurice Shanahan apparently participated in the Bissel sweeper fortune. He is shown with brother Robert, in a "collection of portraits of men prominent in business," in MI. The photos are undated. Maurice died on December 24, 1910.
At present, nothing is known about when the house was built, except that it was presumably built before 1909. The foundations of both the carriage house and the main house are made from large granite blocks, suggesting they were built in 1900 or before, when the transition to more use of concrete blocks began. Whether the hill the house sits on is natural or not is not known, but in any case, the house probably had a commanding view of Grand Rapids. It's likely that Plainfield Avenue was largely undeveloped when the house was built.
The house is located just north of Shanahan St. NE. The square house shown is just north of the Shanahan house, and is simply to show the age of the neighborhood.
The Shanahan Block, at 218-220 Plainfield Avenue, was owned by Maurice.
Robert Shanahad had a large house at 393 E. Fulton.
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