|Nearest city||Marquette, Michigan|
|Area||575 acres (233 ha)|
|Architect||Marshall & Fox; Louden Machinery Co.|
|Architectural style||Rustic log, Other|
|NRHP Reference #||91000330|
|Added to NRHP||April 4, 1991|
Granot Loma is an estate located on County Road 550 north of Marquette, Michigan, constructed in the tradition of the Adirondack camps of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
Louis Graveraet Kaufman
Louis Graveraet Kaufman was born on November 13, 1870, in Marquette, Michigan, the son of Samuel and Juliet Kaufman. Louis was educated in Marquette, and worked as a bookkeeper at the Iron Bay Manufacturing Company for two years. When he was 19, he became a messenger for the Marquette County Savings Bank. In 1898, he became the cashier-manager of that bank, and in 1901 became the vice president of Marquette's First National Bank. In 1906, he was named president of First National. By this time, Kaufman was associated with both the First National Bank and the Marquette County Savings Bank, and he was a director or officer for a number of other local mining, railroading, or insurance companies.
In 1910, he became the president of Chatham National Bank of New York, although only after receiving special dispensation allowing him to remain president of First National Bank of Marquette. The bank soon merged with Phenix National to form the Chatham Phenix National Bank and Trust Company. This was the first of many mergers; by the time Kaufman retired in 1932, the bank had increased 50-fold in size.
In addition, Kaufman was elected to General Motors's board of directors in 1910. He had a major role financing William C. Durant and his 1913 reorganization of Chevrolet and General Motors. Kaufmann remained on GM's board for 22 years, and was chairman of their finance committee.
In 1900, Kaufman married Marie Julia Young; the couple had five children.
Kaufman began building Granot Loma in 1919, for use as a summer residence. He hired Marshall and Fox of Chicago as architects and employed three hundred local craftsmen, and was believed to have hired local expert log builder Nestor Kallionin to oversee the construction. He imported pine logs from Oregon for the construction. Construction was complete in 1923 or 1924, with some additional interior work continuing through 1927 or 1928.
The Loma Farms complex, designed to provide income and supply food for the lodge, was constructed in 1927 by the Bartlett Construction Company of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Bartlett used a number of designs provided by the Louden Machinery Company of Fairfield, Iowa.
Kaufman held an opening bash in 1927 to celebrate the completion of Granot Loma. Guests who stayed at Granot Loma over the years included tennis star Bill Tilden, George Gershwin, Mary Pickford, Fred Astaire, and Cole Porter.
Louis Kaufman died in 1942; his wife Marie died in 1947. With Marie's passing, the farming operation ceased. One of the couple's daughters lived there for a few years, but by 1950 the lodge was essentially abandoned. Granot Loma was finally sold by the Kaufman family to Tom Baldwin in 1987. Baldwin renovated the house, and in 1991 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The estate of Granot Loma sits on 5,180 acres of woodland located along the Lake Superior shore. The lodge is an enormous, L-shaped structure built of logs over a steel frame and with a slate roof. The lodge includes a 60-foot long greatroom and 26 bedrooms.
Loma Farms is a planned farming complex which includes thirteen buildings constructed of vitrified clay tile, situated about one-half mile from the lodge complex.
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- "History of Graveraet High School". Kaufman Auditorium.org. Retrieved August 3, 2011.
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- Crary, Rachel (October 24, 2007). "Dinner with Kaufmans Part of Museum Auction". The Mining Journal (Marquette, MI).
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- O'Day, Kathleen Ryan (1986). Granot Loma: A Legend in Our Time.