Douglas House (Lovells Township, Michigan)

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Douglas Hotel
North Branch Outing Club.jpg
Douglas House (Lovells Township, Michigan) is located in Michigan
Douglas House (Lovells Township, Michigan)
Douglas House (Lovells Township, Michigan) is located in the United States
Douglas House (Lovells Township, Michigan)
Location6122 E Cty Rd. 612, Lovells Township, Michigan
Coordinates44°48′8″N 84°28′57″W / 44.80222°N 84.48250°W / 44.80222; -84.48250Coordinates: 44°48′8″N 84°28′57″W / 44.80222°N 84.48250°W / 44.80222; -84.48250
Area5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built1916 (1916)
Architectural stylePrairie, Victorian
NRHP reference #01001017[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 23, 2001
Designated MSHSNovember 18, 2000[2]

The Douglas House, also known as the Douglas Hotel or the North Branch Outing Club, is a sporting lodge located at 6122 East County Road 612 in Lovells Township, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 2000[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.[1]


Trout opener, c.1916

Thomas E. Douglas was born and educated in Canada, and moved the Michigan to come to work as a bookkeeper in his uncle's lumber mill in Saginaw.[2] In 1893, he moved to Grayling to manage the R. Hansen Lumber Company. Riding the wave of the lumber boom, in 1898 Douglas built a sawmill and general store in what was then the small logging community of Lovells. Fire destroyed the general store in 1903, and Douglas built a new store. In 1916, as the lumbering era was winding down, he constructed the Douglas House and established the North Branch Outing Club to draw tourists to the area. He used electricity generated in his mill to power the hotel. With the rise in the popularity of the automobile, Douglas targeted wealthy travelers as club members, and drew members from the new Detroit automobile aristocracy such as Henry Ford and his son Edsel, John and Horace Dodge, and Charles Nash. Douglas had his daughter Margaret manage the hotel, a position which she occupied until it closed in 1971. Margaret continued to live in the hotel until her death. In 1996, the Douglas House reopened as a sporting lodge known as "North Branch Outing Club."[2]


The Douglas House is a two-story, wood frame, hipped-roof structure covered with clapboard.[2] The inside has 20 guest rooms and lavish common spaces which have been altered very little.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Douglas House". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Archived from the original on April 12, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2013.

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