Tambellini Block


by A. K. Hoagland

Architect: Frank W. Hessenmueller
Alternative Name: Luigi’s
Location: 508-10 Portland St., Calumet
Built: 1909

Tambellini Block. Photograph by A. K. Hoagland, 2015.

John Tambellini had this building constructed for his saloon, with apartments above.1 The three-story building is faced with an orange-ish brick, trimmed in a grid pattern with a dark purple brick. There are three entrances on the front: a canted entrance at the alley; a center doorway that provides access to the upper floors; and a storefront entrance on the west end. Large windows at the second and third floors have French doors leading onto iron balconies, which are supported by scrolled iron brackets. Some original material has been replaced with red brick at the top of the center bay, and yellow brick in two of the entrances.


  1. “Plans Prepared for Many Buildings to be Erected,” Calumet News, March 17, 1909.