William Upton House

40433 Utica Rd., Sterling Heights, Michigan


Sept. 2012

Photo taken by Rattrak



Street View 


A Michigan Historical Marker here reads: Upton House

Constructed in 1866-67, the William Upton House is one of the oldest surviving nineteenth century brick dwellings in Sterling Heights. Italianate in style, the house features a reconstructed open porch topped by a second story balustrade, a cupola, period chimneys and refurbished window units. According to oral tradition, the interior building materials were imported from England. Most farmsteads of this era were constructed of wood; the brick used on this one demonstrates the affluence of its builder. By 1891 the Upton farm consisted of 138 acres. Upton farmed this land and sold fish from the Clinton River. When the exterior restoration of the house was done in 1981-82, the interior was adapted for use as public offices.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 31, 1986
Reference number
NR name
Upton, William, House
Architectural style
Victorian: Italianate
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Government office
Period of significance
Significant years
1866; 1867


19th Century (38,023)
Brick (42,466)
Built 1866 (281)
Built during 1860s (3,788)
Have Street View (48,212)
House (27,794)
Italianate (5,117)
Macomb County, Michigan (16)
Michigan (1,960)
Owned by local government (11,500)
Sterling Heights, Michigan (1)
Stone (26,168)
Victorian (19,703)

Update Log 

  • September 26, 2012: New Street View added by Rattrak