Copper Country Architects

Biographical Dictionary of Copper Country Architects

Hoatson House

by Morgan Davis

Architect: Maass Brothers
Alternative Name: Laurium Manor Inn
Location: 320 Tamarack Street, Laurium
Built: 1907-08
Interior decoration: Maxwell & Stillman of Milwaukee1

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Hoatson House. Photograph by A. K. Hoagland, 2007.

The Hoatson House was designed by the Maass Brothers and built in 1908 for Thomas H. and Cornelia Hoatson, owners of Calumet & Arizona Mining Company.

The hip-roofed house has gable dormers and a wraparound porch. Colonial Revival elements include the general symmetry, two-story pedimented portico, Corinthian columns, and modillioned cornice. The interior is especially finely finished, with some Art Nouveau detailing.

The reception hall is 12’ x 40’ with mirrors at the far end and a triple staircase off to the side. The first floor contains a 23’ x 23’ library, a 17’ x 23’ dining room, a reception room, and a den, as well as kitchen and pantries. The second floor contained six bedrooms and three bathrooms. The newspaper noted that “a broad balcony will be reached from the second floor providing a cool place for spending warm summer days.”2 The third floor contained three bedrooms, a bathroom, a “cedar room,” and a 50’ x 50’ billiard

room. A “model stable” was also provided.

This grand house was built for $50,000 and furnished for $35,000. The Laurium Manor Inn, a bed-and-breakfast, is available to tour.3

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Hoatson House. Daily Mining Gazette, 23 December 1906.

 

Buildings by Maass, et al., in the Copper Country

Notes

  1. “Three Beautiful Laurium Homes,” Daily Mining Gazette, 11 May 1907.
  2. “Two Fine Homes for Laurium,” Daily Mining Gazette, 23 December 1906.
  3. Laurium Manor Inn, 13 October 2005, 31 July 2006.

 

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