McKenzie House

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… Read more McKenzie House

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.… Read more State Savings Bank

Peter Contralto Block


by Kiel Vanderhovel and Derek Dykens Architect: Cowles & Eastman Location: Corner of Second and Hecla Street, Laurium Built: 1900 As announced in the newspaper, Peter Contralto planned to spend $10,000 on a two-story commercial building. The building would be 50 feet in width and 60 feet in depth. The possible uses for the Contralto… Read more Peter Contralto Block

Bollman House


by A. K. Hoagland Architect: Donald M. Scott Location: 308 Tamarack St., Laurium Built: 1900 Demolished: 1940s Ernest Bollman commissioned this house in Laurium. Bollman was a significant developer of Laurium, platting three additions to the north end of the village between 1894 and 1899. He was president of the State Savings Bank, served a… Read more Bollman House

Susan Daniell House


by Dany Peavey, Stevan Sliger, John Krystof, and Travis Dvorak Architect: Charlton, Gilbert, & Demar Location: 308 Pewabic St., Laurium Built: 1900 This grand house was built for Susan Daniell, widow of mine captain John Daniell.  Susan Edwards, born in England in 1849, immigrated to the Copper Country as a child.  She married John Daniell… Read more Susan Daniell House

Marta Block

Marta Block

by A. K. Hoagland. Architect: Duncan Campbell Location: 323 Hecla St., Laurium Built: 1900 Campbell designed the three-story building known as the Marta Block, also constructed of Portage Entry sandstone, on the same block as the Richetta Block. Three bays wide, the building stretched 42 feet across the front. Most of the stone is rough-faced,… Read more Marta Block

Richetta Block

Richetta Block

by A. K. Hoagland. Architect: Duncan Campbell Location: 333 Hecla St., Laurium Built: 1900 Burned: 1947 Michael Richetta commissioned this business block constructed of Portage Entry sandstone. Originally planned to be two stories with the capacity of having a third or even fourth story added, it appears to have been built as a three-story building. The… Read more Richetta Block

Bessolo House

Bessolo House

by A. K. Hoagland Architect: Duncan Campbell Location: 85 First St., Laurium Built: 1900 Contractor: Rathbone Campbell designed this modest house for Matthew Bessolo, an employee of Calumet & Hecla, who also served as a Laurium village trustee in 1905. The two-story house had an open porch and a cross-gable roof. Inside were double parlors connected… Read more Bessolo House