Whittle House


by Joe Lukaszewski

Architect: Hans T. Liebert
Location: 415 Cooper Ave. East Hancock
Built: 1902-3

Whittle House. Photograph by Joe Lukaszewski, 2006.

Thomas Whittle, chief mining captain for the Quincy Mining Company, purchased this property and had two houses removed from it and placed at the top of Vivian Street. The house was built as a wedding gift for his wife, Lylie.

The two-and-a-half-story house had a cross-gabled roof with projections in the peaks of the gables. Various porches, bay windows, and a variety of fenestration lend a Queen Anne-style feel to the house. The interior is trimmed with red oak and Georgia pine, and all of the fixtures were from Tiffany. The front of the house overlooks the Portage Canal and was featured in the June 1979 edition of National Geographic.1 The arch supports under the overhangs are similar to those under the eaves of Liebert’s own home.

Whittle House, rear and side. Photograph by Joe Lukaszewski, 2006.

Buildings by Hans T. Liebert in the Copper Country


  1. Alexander, East Hancock Revisited, 36.