Hancock Town Hall and Fire Hall

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For the building in Hancock, Massachusetts, see Hancock Town Hall.
Hancock Town Hall and Fire Hall
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Location 399 Quincy St., Hancock, Michigan
Coordinates 47°7′37″N 88°35′6″W / 47.12694°N 88.58500°W / 47.12694; -88.58500Coordinates: 47°7′37″N 88°35′6″W / 47.12694°N 88.58500°W / 47.12694; -88.58500
Built 1899
Architect Charlton,Gilbert & Demar
Part of Quincy Street Historic District (#88000143)
NRHP Reference # 81000307[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 01, 1981
Designated MSHS April 15, 1977[2]

The Hancock Town Hall and Fire Hall is a public building located at 399 Quincy Street in the Quincy Street Historic District in Hancock, Michigan. It is also known as the Hancock City Hall. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1977[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.[1]

History[edit]

By the end of the 19th century, the citizens of Hancock wanted a substantial government building that would reflect the city's prosperity and distinguish it from the more impermanent mining villages in the surrounding Keweenaw Peninsula.[2] In 1898, the Quincy Mine company sold a lot on Quincy Street to the city, and the Marquette firm of Charlton, Gilbert and Demar was hired to design a Town Hall and Fire Hall building on the site.[2] E.E. Grip and Company of Ishpeming built the structure at a cost of $15,000,[3] which opened in January 1899.[2] The building originally housed the city clerk's office and council chambers,[3] along with the marshall's office, jail, and the fire department.[2]

Description[edit]

The Hancock Town Hall is a two-story building constructed of rock-faced red Jacobsville Sandstone set in even courses, exhibiting Richardsonian Romanesque, Dutch, and Flemish architectural influences.[2] It has a gable roof and a square tower with belfry at one corner; the tower originally had a steep conical roof. The main facade is dominated by a broadly arched window filled with diagonally paned glass and flanked by smaller windows.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Hancock Town Hall and Fire Hall form the state of Michigan
  3. ^ a b Copper Country Architects, Buildings by Charlton, Gilbert, and Demar (1895-1901)