John Scott & Co.

by Ryan Rosinski. From the 1880s to the 1920s, John Scott (1850–1928) was one of Michigan’s premier architects. He worked throughout Michigan, and his most popular buildings were public buildings featuring a Richardsonian Romanesque or Classical Revival style of architecture. Biography John Scott was born in 1850 in Ipswich, England, where he trained to be… Read more John Scott & Co.

William Pryor

by Scott Hager. William Pryor (1869-1899), is the only architect practicing during the boom period who was born in the Copper Country, but his career was cut short by an early death. Biography Pryor was born December 27, 1869.1 After becoming an architect, he resided with his father, James Pryor, on Main Street, which is now… Read more William Pryor

Louis Piket

by A. K. Hoagland. Louis Piket was a Cincinnati architect with just one known commission in the Copper Country. Biography Based in Cincinnati, Louis Piket (1839-1910) entered into an architectural practice with his father, Anton, and then was joined by two of his sons in 1888. Piket also taught architecture and mechanical drawing at St.… Read more Louis Piket

Charles Archibald Pearce

by Katie Torrey. Charles Archibald Pearce (1870-1944) lived in the Copper Country for only ten years, from 1893-1903. His most important commission was Suomi College’s (Finlandia University’s) Old Main. He also designed a few buildings in association with other architects as well as some residences. Biography Pearce was born on May 10, 1870, in Maryland.1 His… Read more Charles Archibald Pearce

Byron H. Pierce

by Brandon M. Herman. As the first architect in the Copper Country, Byron H. Pierce (1857-1906) designed some of the major brick buildings. Biography Pierce was the first architect to set up shop in the Copper Country, appearing in the first city directory in 1887, where he was noted as “a resident since 1885.”1 Born in… Read more Byron H. Pierce

Henry Leopold Ottenheimer

by Jeremy Rickli. Even though Henry Leopold Ottenheimer (1868-1919) lived in the Copper Country only briefly, he designed some of the most significant buildings in Houghton. Based in Chicago, he established a Houghton office for about a year. Many of his buildings were used for apartments, hotels, and banks, but he also designed personal homes… Read more Henry Leopold Ottenheimer

Carl E. Nystrom

by David Bandlow. Carl E. Nystrom (1868-1944) was a native of Sweden and worked in the Copper Country for only a brief period around the turn of the century. Nystrom spent most of his career working out of Duluth but designed a few buildings in the Calumet-Laurium area. Biography Nystrom was born in Sweden in… Read more Carl E. Nystrom

Paul H. Macneil

by Jason Cope. Paul Macneil (1883-1964) practiced in the Copper Country for about seven years, but in that short time he designed one of the area’s most famous buildings. Biography Paul Humphrey Macneil, an architect in the Copper Country between 1905 and 1912, was born in Illinois on April 15, 1883. Both of his parents… Read more Paul H. Macneil

Hans T. Liebert

by Joe Lukaszewski. Hans Theodore Liebert (1877-1966) practiced in the Copper Country for about ten years, during which time he designed several major buildings in Houghton and Hancock, including five houses in East Hancock for prominent citizens, as well as two business blocks in Houghton and two in Hancock. Biography Liebert was born in 1877… Read more Hans T. Liebert