Copper Country Architects

Biographical Dictionary of Copper Country Architects

Tag: Nystrom

Carl E. Nystrom


by David Bandlow. Carl E. Nystrom (1868-1944) was a native of Sweden and worked in the Copper Country for only a brief period around the turn of the century. Nystrom spent most of his career working out of Duluth but designed a few buildings in the Calumet-Laurium area. Biography Nystrom was born in Sweden in 1868 and immigrated to the United States sometime between 1885 and 1890.1 Not much is known […]

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St. John the Baptist Catholic Church


by David Bandlow Architect: Carl E. Nystrom Location: 7th Street, Calumet Built: 1901 Demolished: 1925 Another building possibly designed by Nystrom was the Catholic church for a Croatian congregation. As described in the newspaper, the church was to be constructed of Jacobsville sandstone with two large towers and three front entrances. As built, however, the church was wood-frame and had only one tower.1 The interior was to have tile mosaic […]

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Nelson-Schroeder Block


by David Bandlow Architect: Carl E. Nystrom Location: Corner of Oak and Seventh Street, Calumet Built: 1901 Contractor: Paul P. F. Mueller The Nelson-Schroeder Block houses several shops and apartments. The brick and stone building is named after the owners, Lawrence Nelson and Frank Schroeder. Classical Revival features include the quoining, modillioned cornice, and bull’s-eye windows at the attic level. Storefront entrances are recessed, while doorways to the upper floors […]

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Blum Building


by David Bandlow Architect: Carl E. Nystrom Location: 400 Block of Pine Street (Highway 203), Calumet Built: 1901 Contractor: Bajari & Ulseth Also known as the Henry Blum building, this attractive three-story building was constructed primarily of brick and stone by contractors Bajari & Ulseth on the north end of Calumet. A contractor named Donahue was responsible for the brick work. Its flat brick facade was trimmed with red sandstone. […]

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McKenzie House

Photograph by A. K. Hoagland, 2017

by A. K. Hoagland. Architect: Carl E. Nystrom Location: 401 Tamarack St., Laurium Built: 1901 Donald McKenzie, a blacksmith, and his wife, Ellen, lived in this house with their son, Angus.  Donald McKenzie, born in Canada, was of Scottish descent.  In 1900 he and Ellen lived in their own house in the next block, at 325 Tamarack, with four boarders.  In 1901 they hired Carl Nystrom to design a new […]

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State Savings Bank


by David Bandlow Architect: Carl E. Nystrom Location: 3rd and Hecla Streets, Laurium Built: ca. 1901 In an advertisement in the Hancock Evening Journal of December 29, 1901, Nystrom proudly claimed this building, along with the Nelson Schroeder Block, as “examples of our work.” The three-story brick building is rounded at the corner with a modillioned cornice. The first floor is rough-faced Jacobsville sandstone with a smooth-faced cornice. Ionic columns frame each […]

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Corgan Block


by David Bandlow Architect: Carl E. Nystrom Location: 332 5th Street, Calumet Built: 1900 Demolished The three-story brick building, 29’ x 112’, was built in the fall of 1900. Mary Corgan, who also owned property in Copper Harbor, was the owner of this speculatively built commercial block located next to the old firehouse. The building had a pressed-brick front with terra cotta ornament, including “Corinthian pillars” on the second and […]

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