The Carriage House & First Turner House

The following is the text of an article by Elizabeth Homer in the Among Friends newsletter of March 1998. Upon request, the Secretary can provide a copy of the article with its photo of Rex Ridenour's mother, Daisy, and brother, Robert, taken about 1942 in front of the Turner-Dodge Carriage House.

The Carriage House & First Turner House


What did the Carriage House look like? A recent Friends article in the Karen Douglas column of the Lansing State Journal asking for help to find out resulted in two new photographs for the Turner-Dodge photograph collection.

A photo of the river-side view of the Carriage House, looking north, was donated by Rex Ridenour. At one time the eighteen room Carriage House to the west of the main house was divided into three apartments. Rex Ridenour lived there from 1939 through 1943 with his sister, two brothers, grandmother and parents. His photograph shows the architectural detail of the porch, windows and entryway.

The second photograph is a charming painted photograph of the Turner's first home on North Street, believed to be the first clapboard house in Lansing. The photo was donated by Craig R. Wotring, a military historian and collector. He acquired the photo some time ago from an estate sale. It was among some papers.