When I say the word duplex, most people think of the modern ranch style duplex, but the house known as “The Home” on Washington Avenue in The Grove neighborhood was built as a duplex, hence the double entryway on the front of the house. The house was built by Timothy B. Corning in 1872 at a cost of $25,000. Born in Wilmington Vt. he moved to Detroit when he was 19 years old. When Salt operations started in the Saginaw Valley he and his wife Ann moved to East Saginaw, T.B. Corning was one of the founders of the First National Bank of Saginaw and owned Steamers and barges transporting goods out of Saginaw.
The house was built as two separate residences for He and his wife on one side, and his son Gurdon and his wife Ida on the other. T.B died in 1874 leaving his estate to his Wife and son, eventually they passed, and Ida inherited the house and lived in it until her death in 1917, In her will it was to be used as a home for elderly women, and it became ” The Home for the Aged”. recently it was sold and is now a privately owned residence.
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