Holy Family Orphanage
|Holy Family Orphanage|
|Address||600 Altamont Street|
|Town or city||Marquette, Michigan|
|Material||Brick and South Marquette Sandstone|
Holy Family Orphanage
|NRHP reference No.||15000701|
|Added to NRHP||October 5, 2015|
At its peak, Holy Family Orphanage housed approximately 200 orphans from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and nearby areas. The building includes classrooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry facilities, kitchen facilities, and a chapel.
Construction on Holy Family Orphanage began in 1914, and cost approximately US$100,000 (equivalent to $2,552,492 in 2019).
The building opened immediately after construction in 1915. Initially the facility accepted mostly children between second and eighth grade, but later infants and older children were accepted as well.
While it was intended originally to only serve white children, some of its first residents included 60 Native American children transferred from a Catholic home named after St. Joseph in Assinins. The Native American children had been placed in the Assinins home after being taken away from their parents to accommodate their integration into white culture. Also notably, in 1963, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette decided to host a group of child refugees from Cuba as a part of Operation Pedro Pan.
The orphanage provided care to hundreds of children from its opening in 1915 until its closure in 1965. The administrative offices of the complex continued operating until 1981, when they too were closed and the facility was considered abandoned.
In 1998, the building was purchased by local businessman Roger Rinne. His original intention was to convert the abandoned structure into an assisted living facility, but this plan was never realized. Rinne eventually placed the property for sale at a firm minimum price of $1.6 million, despite the City of Marquette estimating its value at just over $200,000.
In 2008, a purchase agreement with Rinne for the property was signed by Treasure Lampi, who reports she has plans to turn the abandoned structure into a school of performing arts. Lampi stated that renovation costs were estimated to be approximately $3 million.
In August 2016, A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Grandview Apartments was held at the Altamont Street site. The building is being turned into an affordable housing complex containing 56 one- to three-bedroom units.
The project is being led by developer Home Renewal Systems of Farmington Hills, with support from Community Action Alger Marquette, Marquette architect Barry Polzin, and the Wolverine Building Group.
An investment of $15.8 million is supported by Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Federal Historic Tax Credits, as well as the Marquette County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.
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