Arch and Ridge Streets Historic District

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Arch and Ridge Streets Historic District
Arch and Ridge Streets Historic District 2009e.jpg
Street scene on Ridge Street
Location Arch and Ridge streets. from Front Street. to Lake Superior, Marquette, Michigan
Coordinates 46°32′43″N 87°23′6″W / 46.54528°N 87.38500°W / 46.54528; -87.38500Coordinates: 46°32′43″N 87°23′6″W / 46.54528°N 87.38500°W / 46.54528; -87.38500
Built 1870
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Gothic, Italianate, Romanesque
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 80001879[1]
Added to NRHP June 18, 1980

The Arch and Ridge Streets Historic District is a historic district located in Marquette, Michigan, running along Arch and Ridge Streets from Front Street to Lake Superior. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1] The district includes the Call House.


Call House at 450 E. Ridge Street
Daniel Merritt House at 410 E. Ridge Street[2]
Screet scene on Arch Street
Screet scene on Arch Street
Waterworks at Lake Superior

The residential core of the district is defined by ridge running east-and-west (known locally as simply "the Ridge"), which gives Ridge Street its name.[3] The district includes spectacular residences built for some of the leading citizens of Marquette, as well as more modest houses for white- and blue-collar workers.[3] Two public structures, the Peter White Library and First United Methodist Church, are also located within the district.[3]

Seven of these structures are built from local sandstone.[3] These include the Daniel Merritt House and St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral.[4] A small cottage in the neighborhood was the inspiration for Carroll Watson Rankin's 1904 novel, The Dandelion Cottage.[5]


The first construction in the Arch and Ridge Streets Historic District was in 1867, when Peter White built the first house on the Ridge.[3] Most of the construction in the district took place over the next 35 years as other leading citizens of Marquette followed White's lead, including pioneer businessman and industrialist Hiram A. Burt, Charles H. Call,[3] Daniel Merritt, Andrew Ripka,[2] David Murray, Josiah Reynolds, Frank Bennett Spear, and James Jopling.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Hunt, Mary; Hunt, Don. "Marquette: Ridge and Arch Historic District". Hunt's Guide to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Albion, MI: Midwestern Guides. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Arch and Ridge Streets Historic District". Historic Sites Online. Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  4. ^ Eckert, Kathryn Bishop (2000). The Sandstone Architecture of the Lake Superior Region. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-2807-5. 
  5. ^ Downs, Gabriel N.; Downs, Michael C. (1999). Marquette. Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 86. ISBN 0-7385-0056-9. 
  6. ^ Webber, Katelyn (July 7, 2008). "Homes on 'The Ridge'". The Mining Journal (Marquette, MI).