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Fourth Thursday in History: The Biggest House in Town

The porch to the Laurium Manor Inn reveals the ornate features of the home built for Thomas Hoatson and his family.
Courtesy Dave Sprenger

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News Release Date: May 15, 2008
Contact: Kathleen Harter, (906) 337-3168

Are you curious to see how the other half lived a century ago? Come to the Laurium Manor Inn and learn about this remarkable home's history as it marks its 100th birthday. Owners Dave and Julie Sprenger, along with Keweenaw National Historical Park architect John Rosemurgy, will describe the home's original owners, its designers, and its place in the neighborhood.

The home was designed for Thomas and Cornelia Hoatson by local architects Charles and Fred Maas. The Hoatsons, heavily invested in copper mining ventures, spent a fortune to build and furnish their home, and it was the height of style when it was completed in 1908. Join the Sprengers and Rosemurgy as they showcase this beautiful and unique property. Julie Sprenger will reveal the history of the Hoatsons and their mining endeavors. John Rosemurgy will provide an architectural analysis of the home, and Dave Sprenger will describe Laurium's architectural heritage, highlighting other buildings designed by the Maas brothers.

This event will take place on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at the Laurium Manor Inn, located at 320 Tamarack Street in Laurium, Michigan, and you are invited to stay for a self-guided tour following the presentation.

The Fourth Thursday in History series arranges public presentations on important aspects of Copper Country and regional history, including techniques for historic preservation. Presentations are scheduled in venues throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula, particularly at historic sites associated with specific topics. They are free and open to the public.

For further information, including specific directions to this event, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168.

 

Future Fourth Thursday in History Events

The Irish in the Keweenaw
June 26th, 2008
Union Building
98 Fifth Street, Calumet

A Summer's Eve at Cliff Mine
July 24th, 2008
Church of the Assumption
U.S. Highway 41, Phoenix

A New Life in a New Land: The French Canadians Come to the Keweenaw
August 28th, 2008
Chassell Heritage Center, Chassell

Did You Know?

Looking out over the City of Houghton and Portage Lake towards the Huron Mountains.

"Keweenaw" (pronounced key-wah-nah) is an Ojibway word that means "the crossing place," or "land crossing between two bodies of water." It refers to the Ojibway's use of Portage Lake as a portage across the Keweenaw Peninsula.