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Historical Herrmann House Opens Doors for Community Tour

Event scheduled for May 6, proceeds to benefit future Lansing historical museum

May 5, 2014

Lansing, MICH – The Historical Society of Greater Lansing is hosting its third annual Spring Fundraiser on Tuesday, May 6, at the Herrmann House on the campus of Lansing Community College (LCC). The event begins at 6 p.m. and offers visitors a rare opportunity to experience an exclusive viewing of the historic home.

The Herrmann House, located at 520 N. Capitol Ave., was built in 1893 and recently restored to serve as the residence for LCC’s President. The house is a Tudor Revival design constructed of brick and stone, and is listed in the State Register of Historic Sites.

"Retaining and reusing historic buildings encourages community revitalization and creates a sense of place," said LCC President, Dr. Brent Knight. "The Herrmann House is a primary landmark in Lansing history—making it one of the most unique assets of LCC and the community."

The house was built by businessman John T. Herrmann, and three generations of the Herrmann family lived in the home before it was sold to LCC in 1966. Herrmann was the owner of the John T. Herrmann Merchant Tailor Shop located in downtown Lansing that specialized in custom-made men’s suits. Herrmann's tailoring business employed more than 35 tailors and cutters and remained in business for nearly 100 years.

The Herrmann House fundraiser is slated to run until 7 p.m. and includes an in-depth examination of the Herrmann family history and hors d'oeuvres. Furniture from the original home and Herrmann-related items will also be exhibited in the adjacent Rogers-Carrier House. Items on display include a suit made for a Lansing wedding in 1910, books authored by Herrmann’s namesake and grandson, John Herrmann, and more!

Tickets for the tour cost $50 and can be purchased by calling 517-282-0671, or emailing Proceeds will benefit the Historical Society of Greater Lansing and their effort to establish a Lansing-area historical museum.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 20,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

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