Copper Country Architects

Biographical Dictionary of Copper Country Architects

Tag: Houghton

Houghton County Courthouse

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by Bradley Plummer Architect: John B. Sweatt Location: 401 E. Houghton Ave., Houghton Built: 1886-1887 As one of the more distinctive courthouses built in late 19th-century Michigan, the Houghton County Courthouse reflects the prosperity brought to the area at the time due to the copper boom. The polychromatic, 2 ½-story building was influenced by the Second Empire, Ruskinian Gothic, and Italianate styles.1 The courthouse was built at a cost of $75,568 […]

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Trinity Episcopal Church

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by Matt Johnson Architect: John B. Sutcliffe Location: 205 E. Montezuma St., Houghton Built: 1906-10 Addition: Hitch, Inc., 2000 In 1860 a group of local businessmen formed an Anglican parish. They constructed a church in Hancock and named it Trinity Church. The church building was then relocated to Houghton where it served for several decades. By the early 20th century, the congregation had grown considerably and decided to replace its […]

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Leopold Building

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by Jeremy Rickli Architect: Henry Leopold Ottenheimer Location: Shelden Avenue and Huron Street, Houghton Built: 1903 Contractor: Paul Mueller, Chicago; local superintendent, Herman Gundlach The Leopold Building was developed for Nathan Leopold, one of the founders of the South Range State Bank. The newspaper described the building: “The building ranks with the finest business blocks in Houghton or the copper country.” It was occupied by a department store on the […]

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Shelden-Dee Block

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by Jeremy Rickli Architect: Henry Leopold Ottenheimer Location: Northwest corner of Shelden Avenue and Isle Royale Street, Houghton Built: 1899-1900 Contractor: Paul Mueller, Chicago; local superintendent, Herman Gundlach Located directly north of the Douglass House, the Shelden-Dee block was commissioned by James R. Dee and Mary Shelden in the late 1890s. The building provided elegant commercial and office space in Houghton’s booming downtown. The building is faced with Portage Entry […]

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Douglass House

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by Jeremy Rickli Architect: Henry Leopold Ottenheimer Location: Southwest corner of Isle Royale Street and Shelden Avenue, Houghton Built: 1899-1900 Contractor: Paul Mueller, Chicago; local superintendent, Herman Gundlach The original Douglass House was built in 1860 out of wood and set back from Shelden Avenue, on Montezuma, with a terraced garden stretching to Shelden. Ottenheimer was asked to design an addition to the Douglass House that would be grand enough […]

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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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Independent Order of Odd Fellows

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by Morgan Davis Architect: Maass Brothers Location: 109 Shelden Avenue, Houghton Built: 19101 This large brick building has lost its cornice and the third-floor windows have been partially filled in, but its facade still retains its general appearance. At ground level, a large storefront fills most of the space, with a doorway to the upper floors at one side. The second floor has large plate-glass windows, while the third has […]

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Masonic Temple of Houghton

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by Morgan Davis Architect: Maass Brothers Alternative Name: City Centre Location: 616-618 Sheldon Avenue, Houghton Built: 1910 Contractor: Herman Gundlach1 The four-story building is faced with Jacobsville sandstone. Smooth-faced pilaster-like elements are set off against the rough texture of the rest of the wall. Windows are grouped into threes across the front, except for the center bay, which is only one window wide and has a handsome pedimented doorway at […]

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Houghton Club

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by David Daavettila Architect: Alexander Chadbourne Eschweiler Alternative Name: U.P. Engineers and Architects Corporate Headquarters Location: 100 Portage Street, Houghton Built: 1910 Eschweiler produced drawings for the Houghton Club, formed by businessmen in the Houghton area, in 1906. As originally designed, it had a third story which accommodated a ballroom.1 Apparently the Club had difficulty raising the funds for this, because construction was not begun until 1910, and the building was […]

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Houghton Public Library

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by Chase Sturos Architect: Claude & Starck Alternative Name: Portage Lake District Library, Carnegie Cultural Museum Location: 105 Huron St., Houghton Completed: 1910 Contractor: John Michels In 1908, John Doelle, Superintendent of the Portage Township School District, successfully led an effort to establish a public library in Houghton. The Houghton Public Library was constructed using a $15,000 grant provided by steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie, and was operated by the Portage […]

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