Copper Country Architects

Biographical Dictionary of Copper Country Architects

Category: Architect

Yamasaki & Associates

by Nicole Measel. Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986) is best known as the architect of the World Trade Center towers. He had a prolific career designing in modernist styles influenced by Japanese traditions and romanticism. Biography Yamasaki was born in Seattle, Washington, on December 1, 1912. He was a first-generation Japanese-American, and growing up he was faced with hardships such as poverty and discrimination. Upon deciding to go to college he was […]

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Robert Correa Walsh

by Josh Makela. Robert Correa Walsh (1855-1911), an architect in Morristown, New Jersey, with a high-society clientele, designed only one building in the Copper Country, the Quincy Mining Company Office Building. Biography Robert Correa Walsh was born on June 3, 1855, in Washington, DC, to Joseph Correa and Sarah McCall Walsh. He practiced architecture in Morristown, NJ, where he designed some of the larger houses, as well as the Morris […]

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A.F. Wasielewski

by A.K. Hoagland. A. F. Wasielewski, a Minneapolis-based architect and contractor who designed several churches in the upper Midwest, designed just one building in the Copper Country. Biography Little is known of A. F. Wasielewski or how he happened to design Lake Linden’s St. Joseph’s Church. In a newspaper article concerning the building, he was identified as a general contractor, builder and architect of Minneapolis. He claimed to have constructed […]

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Tarapata, MacMahon & Paulsen Associates (TMP)

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by Brett Schlager. Tarapata, MacMahon, & Paulsen Associates (TMP), a Michigan-based firm with a nationwide practice, designed several buildings in the Copper Country. Biography In 1959 a young Peter Tarapata and Charles H. MacMahon founded an architectural design firm called Tarapata-MacMahon Associates, Inc. In 1961, Tarapata and MacMahon bought the old Tuscarora School to be used as an office. They then added a loft and later a side addition to […]

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John B. Sweatt

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by Bradley Plummer. John B. Sweatt (1846-1925?) was one of the first architects to design buildings in the Copper Country. Originally from Chicago, Sweatt lived in Marquette during the late 19th and early 20th century. He is responsible for some major civic buildings in the Keweenaw constructed in the 1880s. Biography John B. Sweatt was born in 1846 in Attala County, Mississippi, to James and Melissa Sweatt. John was one […]

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John B. Sutcliffe

by Matt Johnson. English-born architect John B. Sutcliffe (1853-1913), who specialized in Episcopal church architecture, designed Houghton’s Trinity Church in 1910. Biography John B. Sutcliffe, born in England, trained as an architect there. He moved to the United States in 1886 and settled in Birmingham, Alabama. There he designed his first church, St. Mary’s-on-the-Highlands, in 1891. He moved to Chicago in the early 1890s and became advisory architect to the […]

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Charles K. Shand, Shand and Eastman, Eastman and Cowles

by Kiel Vanderhovel and Derek Dykens. Charles K. Shand (?–1945) worked in the Copper Country for fewer than ten years and designed many important buildings in the area. Most of these buildings were civic, such as the Calumet Opera House, Red Jacket Fire Station and the Lake Linden Village Hall. He partnered briefly with George D. Eastman, who had briefly been in partnership with Clarence L. Cowles. Biography Charles K. […]

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Shaw & Hunnewell

by Adam Gaugh. The partnership of George Russell Shaw (1848-1937) and Henry S. Hunnewell (1851-1931) spanned thirty years, beginning in 1873 in Boston, Massachusetts. During the mining boom in the Copper Country, Shaw & Hunnewell designed two buildings for the Calumet & Hecla Mining Company, the General Office Building and the Library. Biography George Russell Shaw was born in Parkman (Piscataquis County), Maine, on October 28, 1848. He was educated […]

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Eero Saarinen

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by Landon Helmuth. Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) studied sculpture before architecture, and his buildings maintained a sculptural feel as he moved between expressionist architecture and the International Style.1 His only building in the Copper Country was Nikander Hall on the campus of Suomi College (Finlandia University). Biography Eero Saarinen was born August 20, 1910, in Kirkkonummi, Finland, to Eliel and Loja Gesellius Saarinen. In 1923 the Saarinens moved to the United States […]

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Donald M. Scott

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by A. K. Hoagland. Donald M. Scott seems to have been a civil engineer who briefly worked as an architect. Biography Donald M. Scott (1862-?) was born in Scotland and immigrated to the Copper Country as an adult. He advertised in the 1901-02 Polk’s Directory as a “civil engineer and architect” and lived in Laurium with his wife and three children. The Scotts seem to have left the area by 1905, but […]

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