Northwestern Hotel


by Brandon M. Herman

Architect: Byron H. Pierce
Location: 211-213 Quincy St., Hancock
Built: 1886
Demolished: 1995

Northwestern Hotel. MTU Archives.

The Northwestern Hotel, the first high-class hotel in Hancock, had 50 rooms with electric lighting and bathrooms with hot and cold water. The hotel was four stories tall, the tallest building in Hancock. The brick building had sandstone trim and a large pressed metal cornice. The façade was seven bays wide with balconies across the front at the second- and third-floor levels.1

Northwestern Hotel ad. From Our Boys in the Spanish-American War: A Souvenir, Illustrated (privately printed, 1900).

Buildings by Byron H. Pierce in the Copper Country


  1. Donald A. Durfee, “The History and Description of the Northwestern Hotel Building,” term paper, 1995.