Hopkins House is a Greek Revival house built in about 1844 by Alexander B. Lane (1797-1844) and his wife Mary.  The Lanes were early settlers from Old Hudsonville who moved to Holly Springs around 1840.  The Lanes lived in the house until 1890, when Mary Lane sold the house to W. B. Bradbury, who lived here until 1904.  Between 1904 and 1919 the house was owned by several individuals, including Helen Oliver, Katie Swift, and Velma Coopwood.  Between 1919 and 1934 the house was owned by Hamilton Harris (1888-1952).  In 1934 the home was bought by Frank  Hopkins (1888-1953) and his wife Helen, who gave the house its name.  The Hopkins lived here until 1999, when the house was bought by sisters Frances Gatewood (1922-2016) and Mary Walker Gatewood (1920-2016).  Mary Walker and Frances Gatewood both passed away in 2016, and the house is currently owned by Billy Blaylock and Palmer Hagestrom.

Hopkins House originally faced west onto Walthall Street, and was moved to front College Avenue at some point in its history.  The house was also used as a private girl’s school as well.

Hopkins House is a Greek Revival single-story flanking-gable frame house, with a center front gable, three-bay shed-roof porch supported by Tuscan piers and exterior end chimneys.

5 thoughts

  1. Your photographs of the historic homes in Holly Springs have given me a better idea of the architecture there. Your photography is great. There is such clarity in each picture. Your comments are so informative. Keep up the good work. I’m looking for to the next group of pictures.


  2. Hi Phillip:

    Palmer Hagestrom here.

    Billy Blaylock and I have some interest in Hopkins House on E. College in Holly.

    I do have some questions for you, if you have a minute:

    1. Most of the windows are 2 over 2’s. Are these appropriate for a c. 1840 house or could they be later replacements?

    2. There is only one fireplace in the house – in the living room. Your description of the house says there should be two end chimneys. One in the dining room makes sense, but I do not find any sign of it. I found it odd that a house of this age would only have one fireplace. Could there have been more?

    3. The wood flooring that is visible appears to be narrow oak. Again, later additions, do you think?

    4. I know the house was turned to face College at some point. Do you think it may have undergone a remodel at that point?

    Thanks, Phillip. We will be in HS the first part of February. Hope to see you then.

    Best to you and Amanda.



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