Copper Country Architects

Biographical Dictionary of Copper Country Architects

Michigan House

by Morgan Davis.

Architect: Charles W. Maass
Location: 6th and Oak Streets, Calumet
Built: 19051

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Michigan House. Photo by A. K. Hoagland, 2008.

Built for the Bosch Brewing Company, the Michigan House is a roughly square building, four bays by four bays, with two storefronts along Oak Street and a central doorway to upper floors. The corner storefront with a recessed corner entrance was historically occupied by a saloon designed to feature Bosch Brewing Company products, with a largely intact interior, including oak booths and murals painted by Associated Artists of Milwaukee. The east storefront was occupied by a restaurant dining room which also retains some historic interior features, including a large Moorish-inspired arts and crafts fireplace.

On the exterior of the building, the Oak and Sixth Street facades are divided by pilasters into four bays on each face, with a copper cornice. The center bays on the front of the building have paired windows, and are flanked by two-story oriel windows. Bull’s-eye windows top the bays without oriels.

The second and third floors of the building may have been divided into four two-room “bachelor” flats, each with a sitting room with a fireplace and a bedroom, separated by pocket doors. Tenants would have taken their meals in the dining room downstairs. The upper floors were later converted into conventional apartments.

The building still houses a bar and restaurant.

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Hotel Michigan. From Tyler’s Souvenir of the Copper Country: Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Keweenaw Printing Co., 1907).

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

Notes

  1. “Will Erect Another Block,” Daily Mining Gazette 23 December 1905.

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