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Old Marquette City Hall

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1893–1894, Lovejoy and Demar. 220 W. Washington St.
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

This monumental government building is a blend of Second Empire, Renaissance Revival, and Richardsonian Romanesque styles. Constructed by Emil Bruce in red brick and purplish-brown sandstone after designs by a Marquette firm, it must have seemed at the time to deny the pervading economic depression and express a confidence in the future of the iron hills and iron industry. Above a recessed round-arched entrance, a central mansard hipped roof lends civic presence to the three-story, hipped-roof, boxlike building. During the Panic of 1893, Mayor Nathan M. Kaufman, known locally as a “capitalist and progressive,” convinced the city council and citizens to issue bonds to build a city hall with local labor and local materials, thereby putting some Marquette men back to work.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Old Marquette City Hall", [Marquette, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 509-509.

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