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Posted on: November 7, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Strevell House Memorial Bricks Engraving

Strevell Brick Engraving

Work on the Jason W. Strevell house exterior is nearing completion for this year as engraving begins on the bricks for the memorial walkway that will run from the public sidewalk to the front door. The Livingston County Historical Society has been working towards the completion of this phase of the home’s restoration since 2009 when the building was rescued from possible demolition. The Strevell house is the only remaining structure in Livingston County known to have hosted Abraham Lincoln. Work on the bricks is being done by Pontiac Granite Company.

According to local history records, Lincoln came to Pontiac on January 27, 1860 to speak to the Young Men’s Literary group at the Pontiac Presbyterian Church. After his speech, he went to the home of his friend and fellow lawyer, Jason Strevell. There, the two men stayed up late into the night discussing the national and local issues of the day. At that meeting, Strevell encouraged Mr. Lincoln to run for the presidency.

Over the years, the Strevell house was converted into apartments and many interior changes were made. Fortunately, however, the exterior, although it fell into a state of disrepair, retained many of the architectural features that identify its style as Carpenter Gothic. When the owner of the building threatened to have it torn down, a civic-minded group of concerned citizens banded together and purchased the home to save it. Later, they donated the home to the historical society. Over the course of the last few years, the historical society has been seeking financial support to cover the expenses associated with the restoration of the house. Part of that effort has involved the sale of memorial granite bricks. As soon as the engraving is completed, the brick walkway will be created on site.

According to Livingston County Historical Society president Bob Sear, “The importance of the Strevell house in the history of our area is beyond description. This house and all of the people who have helped to support its preservation and restoration are tributes to the county’s sense of its history and pride.” Bricks are still available and make lasting gifts in honor of an individual, an organization, or a business. Prices for the memorial bricks will stay at $100, $500, $1,000 and $5,000 until November 15, 2012. After that date the cost for each brick will rise due to the fact that they will have to be engraved in place. Those wishing to procure a memorial brick are encouraged to make their purchase before November 15th. For more information, contact: Pontiac Tourism at (815) 844-5847.

Pictured at left: Mark Efft, owner of Pontiac Granite watches as craftsman Ryan Burmeister prepares granite brick for engraving.

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