Copper Country Architects

Biographical Dictionary of Copper Country Architects

Tag: MichiganTech

Michigan Technological University, Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

Rozsa Center

by Mike Fleck. Architect: Gunnar Birkerts Built: 1998-2000 Contractor: Gundlach Champion of Houghton Theater Designer: George C. Izenour Structural Engineers: Desai/Nasr Consulting Engineers, Inc., West Bloomfield, MI Steel Fabricators: Daul Industries, Inc. Mechanical Contractors: August Winters and Sons, Appleton, WI Electrical Contractors: J. Ranck Electrical, Inc, Cheboygan, WI The groundbreaking ceremony for the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts was held in May of 1998 and construction was completed two […]

Continue Reading →

Michigan Technological University, McNair Residence Hall

eastmcnair

by Brett Schlager Architect: Tarapata-MacMahon Associates Alternative Name: Co-Ed Dormitory and Food Service Complex Location: Michigan Tech Campus, Houghton Built: 1965-1968 Contractor: Herman Gundlach, Inc. In December 1965, construction of a $1.6 million co-ed dormitory and food service center began. Construction of the project was to be undertaken in two separate phases. Phase I of the dormitory, on the west end, was to hold 300 students, two per room, and […]

Continue Reading →

Michigan Technological University, Daniell Heights Addition

daniellheights

by Brett Schlager Architect: Tarapata-MacMahon Associates Location: Michigan Tech Campus, Woodmar Dr., Houghton Built: 1965 Contractor: Mattila Contracting, Inc. In 1965, a second phase was added to Daniell Heights, just east of the original apartment buildings.1 The original portion of Daniell Heights, built in 1960, had been designed by Minoru Yamasaki. The buildings were once again two stories, and they were built primarily in groups of eight units. This addition consisted of […]

Continue Reading →

Michigan Technological University, Sheldon Heights

daniellheights1

by Nicole Measel Architect: Yamasaki & Associates Alternative Name: Daniell Heights Location: Woodmar Dr., Houghton Built: 1960 Contractor: Herman Gundlach, Inc.1 Though Yamasaki is known for designing towers and other large structures, there was a time in his career when he focused on smaller scale projects. As he said, “As I grow older in life I find that it is really best to concentrate on a smaller area.”2 One of these […]

Continue Reading →

Michigan College of Mining and Technology, Sherman Gym

walkerbuilding

by Sarah Nunn Architect: Dow, Howell, Gilmore & Associates Alternative Name: Michigan Technological University, Walker Arts and Humanities Center Location: MTU Campus, Houghton Built: 1949, Remodeled 1985 Contractor: Herman Gundlach, Inc. Sherman Gym (1949) was the Michigan Tech sports center, complete with racquetball courts, a wood gym, and a swimming pool.1 Concrete structural columns supported the first-floor ceiling with steel framing the rest of the structure completely. Banded windows, a flat […]

Continue Reading →

Michigan College of Mines, Chemistry Building Addition

koenighall2late

by A. K. Hoagland Architect: Derrick Hubert Alternative Name: Michigan Technological University, Koenig Hall Location: Houghton, MI Built: 1931 Contractor: Archie Verville Demolished: 1968 In 1931 the Michigan College of Mines built a large addition onto the front of Koenig Hall, which had been built just ten years earlier. The new front—really a whole new building—had an art moderne appearance, with a flat roof and no cornice. The building had […]

Continue Reading →

Michigan College of Mines, Chemistry Building

koenighall2sm

by Dany Peavey, Stevan Sliger, John Krystof, and Travis Dvorak Architect: Herbst & Kuenzli Alternative Name: Koenig Hall Location: Houghton, MI Built: 1920-22 Contractor: Herman Gundlach Addition in 1931: Derrick Hubert, architect; Archie Verville, contractor Demolished: 1968   On March 4, 1920, a fire destroyed Koenig Hall, the chemistry building. A new building was needed quickly and inexpensively due to a large student body and a lack of many other buildings […]

Continue Reading →

Michigan College of Mines, Administration and Library Building

aob

by Dany Peavey, Stevan Sliger, John Krystof, and Travis Dvorak. Architect: Charlton & Kuenzli Alternative Name: Academic Office Building Location: Houghton, MI Built: 1908 Contractor: Herman Gundlach This building was constructed to house the library, administrative offices, and mineral museum. Currently it is the home of the Department of Social Sciences, School of Business and Economics, and the Department of Education. The Classical Revival-style building is clad in a dark […]

Continue Reading →

Michigan College of Mines, Gymnasium and Clubhouse

rotc

by Dany Peavey, Stevan Sliger, John Krystof, and Travis Dvorak. Architect: Charlton & Kuenzli Alternative Name: ROTC Building Location: Houghton, MI Built: 1904-06 Contractor: Herman Gundlach This building, the oldest remaining on campus, was built as the gymnasium and clubhouse in 1904-06. In 1902, the faculty pledged to donate $1,700 toward the new building and the students raised it to $5,000. When the fund reached $18,500, construction began. The gymnasium […]

Continue Reading →

Michigan Mining School, Chemistry Building

koenighall

by Dany Peavey, Stevan Sliger, John Krystof, and Travis Dvorak. Architect: Charlton & Gilbert Alternative Name: Koenig Hall Location: Houghton, MI Built: 1901-02 Contractor: Northern Construction Co. Destroyed by fire 1920 Built at a cost of $23,500, the Chemistry building was more modest in design. The two-story brick building had a hipped roof and modillioned cornice. The center three-bay section projected and was topped by a pediment.1 Buildings by Charlton […]

Continue Reading →