Copper Country Architects

Biographical Dictionary of Copper Country Architects

Tag: 1890s

Red Jacket Village Fire Hall

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by Kiel Vanderhovel and Derek Dykens Architect: Charles K. Shand Location: 325 6th Street, Calumet Built: 1898-99 Carpentry: Bajari & Ulseth Masonry: Procissi & Company After a brush fire in 1870 destroyed approximately two-thirds of the Village of Red Jacket, the first fire department was created in 1875. In 1887 the village paid the fire-fighting force, rather than rely on volunteers. Shand was hired at the end of the century […]

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Fichtel House

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by Morgan Davis. Architect: Charles W. Maass Location: 242 Iroquois St., Laurium Built: 1899 Contractor: Bajari & Ulseth Charles L. Fichtel, a druggist, commissioned this grand house in 1899. The newspaper described it as being in the “English style,” probably meaning Queen Anne Revival. The jerkinhead-gable roof, cross gable, three-story tower, porches and projections, and various sidings of clapboards and shingles all contribute to this effect. The newspaper also noted […]

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John Rees House

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by Dany Peavey, Stevan Sliger, John Krystof, and Travis Dvorak. Architect: Charlton, Gilbert, & Demar Location: 1019 College Ave., Houghton Built: 1899 Builder: H. Ferge of Milwaukee Painting and Decorating: Hamilton & Eade of Duluth John L. Rees, assistant cashier at the National Bank of Houghton, commissioned this two-and-a-half-story building with shingle-clad walls and a porch across the front. A slightly projecting two-story bay window on the front, and a […]

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Ruppe Block

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by Dany Peavey, Stevan Sliger, John Krystof, and Travis Dvorak. Architect: Charlton, Gilbert, & Demar Location: Fifth Street, Calumet New façade: 1899 Contractor: Bajari & Ulseth P. Ruppe & Son undertook $12,000 worth of renovations to a two-story frame building to produce this handsome commercial block for their store. As reported in the newspaper, “An entire new front of pressed brick and terra cotta from foundation to roof has been […]

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Hancock Town Hall and Fire Hall

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by Dany Peavey, Stevan Sliger, John Krystof, and Travis Dvorak. Architect: Charlton, Gilbert, & Demar Alternative Name: Hancock City Hall Location: 399 Quincy Street, Hancock Built: 1898-99 Contractor: E. E. Grip & Co. of Ishpeming Interior Painting: Associated Artists of Milwaukee In February 1898, three architectural firms submitted plans for this commission: William T. Pryor, C. Archibald Pearce, and Charlton, Gilbert & Demar. The latter firm was selected, and the building was […]

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Grimmer House

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by A. K. Hoagland. Architect: Duncan Campbell Location: 325 Kearsarge St., Laurium Built: 1899 Henry Grimmer, a grocer, commissioned Campbell to design this relatively modest house and lived there only briefly. The newspaper said that “the style of architecture is colonial design, there being a large veranda in front with a balcony above it.” It went on to describe a parlor, dining room, library, and kitchen on the first floor with […]

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James R. Dee Block

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by Jeremy Rickli Architect: Henry Leopold Ottenheimer Alternative Name: Post Office Block Location: Southeast corner of Isle Royale Street and Lakeshore Drive, Houghton Built: 1899 Contractor: Paul Mueller, Chicago; local superintendent, Herman Gundlach The James R. Dee Block is located in downtown Houghton close to the Shelden-Dee Block and the Douglass House. James R. Dee started the telephone business in the Houghton-Hancock area, and brought electricity to the area through […]

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Edward Ryan Block

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by Kiel Vanderhovel and Derek Dykens. Architect: Charles K. Shand Location: 305-307 6th Street, Calumet Built: 1898 Contractor: L. E. Chausse The Edward Ryan Block, also known as the Duane Girard Building, is a three-story building constructed with sandstone quarried from the Portage Entry. The structure is approximately 75’ x 52’. This building was formerly occupied by the Daily Mining Gazette and the Peninsula Gas Company.1 Two large stores are […]

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Calumet Public Library

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by Adam Gaugh. Architect: Shaw & Hunnewell Location: Red Jacket Road and Mine St., Calumet Built: 1897-98 This striking stone building with its façade of contrasting red and gray mine rock was the Calumet Public Library. The library was built in 1897-98 for public use. When the library opened, the Copper Country Evening Newscommented that “no mining company in the world treats its employees better than the Calumet & Hecla. It […]

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Sacred Heart Church

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by A. K. Hoagland Architect: Louis Piket Location: 1383 Rockland St., Calumet Built: 1897-98 Destroyed by fire 1983 Established in 1868, Sacred Heart Church was the first Catholic church in the Calumet area. Hecla Mining Company leased the land on which the parish built a frame church, measuring 40′ x 90′, at a cost of $4,000. Beginning in 1890, the Franciscan Fathers of the Province of St. John the Baptist, […]

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