The Dewey House
1703 Hillshire Drive, Kalamazoo

The 1936 building permit for his home lists its first owners as Harold F. and Margaret Dewey. Mr. Dewey was a salesperson for the R. Cummings and Co. distillers out of Battle Creek, Mich., and his family only stayed at the address for one year. Its next owners were William J. and Daisy Peelen. Dr. Peelen and his brother were locally established in the obstetrics and gynecology practice; at one point their offices were located in the American National Bank building.

The longtime Kalamazoo architectural firm of Stewart-Kingscott Associates designed the home, which has since been updated with a hipped roof and the removal of the wings. But the metal and strong vertical elements at the doorway are reminders of the home’s original style.