Copper Country Architects

Biographical Dictionary of Copper Country Architects

Tag: Maass

Vertin’s Department Store

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by Morgan Davis. Architect: Charles W. Maass Location: 216-220 6th Street, corner of Oak, Calumet Addition: 1899-1900 John and Joseph Vertin established this department store, which grew to be biggest in the Copper Country. The ‘big store’ of the Copper Country housed everything a miner or millionaire family could need. Groceries, wallpaper, millinery, ready-to-wear, furniture, bedding, and appliances were available. Women’s fashions kept pace with the times, Buyers would travel […]

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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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Hermann Building

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by Morgan Davis. Architect: Charles W. Maass Location: 106 6th St., Calumet Built: 1898 Joseph Hermann had this combination commercial-residential building constructed. The walls of uncoursed ashlar sandstone are complemented by a pressed metal cornice and window hoods. High-grade, purer red sandstone is used on the front, while the sides and rear are of a poorer grade. The 48’ x 68’ building had two stores on the first floor; the […]

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Kinsman Block

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by Morgan Davis. Architect: Charles W. Maass Alternative Name: William Wayner Building Location: 101 6th Street, Calumet Built: 1898 Contractors: P.P. Roehm, masonry; and Bajari & Ulseth, carpentry W.C. Kinsman learned the trade of harness-making in Cornwall and established a business in Red Jacket in 1872. He engaged Maass to draw the plans for a building to serve as commercial space and apartments. Maass designed a three-story Portage Entry sandstone […]

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