Copper Country Architects

Biographical Dictionary of Copper Country Architects

Category: Building

Michigan Technological University, Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

Rozsa Center

by Mike Fleck. Architect: Gunnar Birkerts Built: 1998-2000 Contractor: Gundlach Champion of Houghton Theater Designer: George C. Izenour Structural Engineers: Desai/Nasr Consulting Engineers, Inc., West Bloomfield, MI Steel Fabricators: Daul Industries, Inc. Mechanical Contractors: August Winters and Sons, Appleton, WI Electrical Contractors: J. Ranck Electrical, Inc, Cheboygan, WI The groundbreaking ceremony for the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts was held in May of 1998 and construction was completed two […]

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Suomi College, Finlandia Hall


by Brett Schlager Architect: TMP Associates, Inc. Location: Finlandia University Campus, Hancock Built: 1983-1984 Contractor: Herman Gundlach, Inc. Finlandia Hall is a four-story, 192-room, co-ed student dormitory that is home to 184 students.1 Finlandia Hall was completed and ready for occupation in September of 1984 after a $3.5 million loan from the Federal Department of Education.2 The building’s façade faces south and is said to have a “domestic character” that resembles […]

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Detroit & Northern Savings and Loan Association


by Brett Schlager Architect: TMP Associates, Inc. Alternative Name: Republic Bank, Citizens Bank Location: 400 Quincy Street, Hancock Built: 1972 Contractor: Herman Gundlach, Inc. Founded in Hancock as the Northern Michigan Building & Loan Association, Detroit & Northern Savings and Loan Association has served as a major financial establishment in Northern Michigan for over 100 years, and in both Northern and Lower Michigan for over 80 years. Recently D&N Bank […]

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Michigan Technological University, McNair Residence Hall


by Brett Schlager Architect: Tarapata-MacMahon Associates Alternative Name: Co-Ed Dormitory and Food Service Complex Location: Michigan Tech Campus, Houghton Built: 1965-1968 Contractor: Herman Gundlach, Inc. In December 1965, construction of a $1.6 million co-ed dormitory and food service center began. Construction of the project was to be undertaken in two separate phases. Phase I of the dormitory, on the west end, was to hold 300 students, two per room, and […]

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Michigan Technological University, Daniell Heights Addition


by Brett Schlager Architect: Tarapata-MacMahon Associates Location: Michigan Tech Campus, Woodmar Dr., Houghton Built: 1965 Contractor: Mattila Contracting, Inc. In 1965, a second phase was added to Daniell Heights, just east of the original apartment buildings.1 The original portion of Daniell Heights, built in 1960, had been designed by Minoru Yamasaki. The buildings were once again two stories, and they were built primarily in groups of eight units. This addition consisted of […]

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Michigan Technological University, Sheldon Heights


by Nicole Measel Architect: Yamasaki & Associates Alternative Name: Daniell Heights Location: Woodmar Dr., Houghton Built: 1960 Contractor: Herman Gundlach, Inc.1 Though Yamasaki is known for designing towers and other large structures, there was a time in his career when he focused on smaller scale projects. As he said, “As I grow older in life I find that it is really best to concentrate on a smaller area.”2 One of these […]

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Michigan College of Mining and Technology, Sherman Gym


by Sarah Nunn Architect: Dow, Howell, Gilmore & Associates Alternative Name: Michigan Technological University, Walker Arts and Humanities Center Location: MTU Campus, Houghton Built: 1949, Remodeled 1985 Contractor: Herman Gundlach, Inc. Sherman Gym (1949) was the Michigan Tech sports center, complete with racquetball courts, a wood gym, and a swimming pool.1 Concrete structural columns supported the first-floor ceiling with steel framing the rest of the structure completely. Banded windows, a flat […]

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Suomi College, J. K. Nikander Hall


by Landon Helmuth Architect: Eero Saarinen Location: Finlandia Campus, Hancock Built: 1939 J. K. Nikander Hall was the second permanent building on the Suomi College (Finlandia University) campus. It was designed by Eero Saarinen in conjunction with his father, Eliel, and his father’s assistant, J. R. F. Swanson, of Cranbrook Institute. Eliel Saarinen and Swanson also created the layout of a “long range building program” for future construction on the […]

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Painesdale-Jeffers High School Addition


by A. K. Hoagland. Architect: John D. Chubb Location: 43084 Goodell Street, Painesdale Built: 1934-35 Contractor: Herman Gundlach With funding from the Civil Works Administration, Painesdale school officials more than doubled the size of their high school. The Civil Works Administrator described the $200,000 project: “Two new three-story wings were built onto the old building forming a U shaped building. Between the two wings was constructed a new gymnasium and […]

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Michigan College of Mines, Chemistry Building Addition


by A. K. Hoagland Architect: Derrick Hubert Alternative Name: Michigan Technological University, Koenig Hall Location: Houghton, MI Built: 1931 Contractor: Archie Verville Demolished: 1968 In 1931 the Michigan College of Mines built a large addition onto the front of Koenig Hall, which had been built just ten years earlier. The new front—really a whole new building—had an art moderne appearance, with a flat roof and no cornice. The building had […]

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