30 November 2013

Last Day Local: Seirn B. Cole House, Battle Creek, Michigan

August, 2013

One of the joys of living in Battle Creek, Michigan is seeing the history of a bygone area.  I love when a historical home has been restored.  One such home is the Seirn B. Cole Home on Capital Avenue, in Battle Creek.

Seirn B. Cole's house is a restored 1912 Arts and Craft Style design.  It has a Michigan Historical Marker in front of it. Seirn B. Cole and his wife, Elizabeth nee Farmer, lived here during their time in Battle Creek.  Mr. Cole was a contractor and responsible for many of the historical buildings in Battle Creek.

His work can be seen at the Battle Creek City Hall, Ralston-Purina Plant, Masonic Temple, and Battle Creek High School (Check back for posts on these historic buildings), all wonderful structures still standing in Battle Creek.  Seirn B. Cole retired in 1934 but his vision lives on in the Cereal City.

circa 1940 from Willard Library Historical Images Collection

 (This blog post is to celebrate the history of Battle Creek, Michigan, my hometown for the past 25 years.  I try to post one article a month on the heritage and history of Battle Creek, The Cereal City!)


  1. Hi Brenda, I loved reading about the house, it is almost too cute. Thank you for the heads up about Elizabeth Farmer, but unfortunately, she isn't related to me.

  2. Darn! I saw the Farmer name when I took the picture and I was hoping there was a relation. Oh, well. Who knows maybe one of these days an ancestor of yours will pop up in my research.