Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and Golf Course Complex, photos c. 1979 Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and Golf Course Complex, photos c. 1979 Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and Golf Course Complex, photos c. 1979
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Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and Golf Course Complex
Southwest of Copper Harbor on US-41, Copper Harbor vicinity - Keweenaw County
Other Names Keweenaw Park Resort
Property Type log buildings
Historic Use DOMESTIC
Current Use DOMESTIC
Style Bungalow/Craftsman
Late Victorian
Shingle Style
Architect/Builder Louis Azzi
Narrative Description The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Complex consists of a lodge or clubhouse and park grounds containing twenty-three cabins, tennis, shuffleboard and horseshoe courts, golf course, and pro ship all located on one-hundred sixty-seven acres of rolling timberland in northern Keweenaw County. In the winter and spring of 1934, local workmen, funded by the Federal Civil Works Administration, cleared timber form the projected fairways. Tees and greens for a nine-hole course were designed and then constructed the following summer. The clubhouse was also built in 1934 and twenty cabins completed in the next five years. Building plans were probably drawn at the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company's Engineering Department. A unifying theme common to all buildings and structures within the park, is that of rustic log construction. Dark painted logs and uncoursed, rough cut stone masonry or cobblestone accentuate porches and broad, low-pitched gable roofs. The designers apparently drew architectural inspiration from Shingle, Bungaloid, and Western Stick architectural styles of the period 1900 to 1920.
Statement of Significance The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and Golf Course Complex, which opened on June 23, 1935, is the result of an imaginative approach to regional development, devised during the 1930s by Keweenaw County in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and funded with Federal relief money. The complex represents a successful example of the post-Depression, government-sponsored work projects which were conceived to utilize local manpower and boost regional economy throughout the decade. The project was significant as a planned effort to protect the environment while maximizing recreation possibilities. It also featured a style of rustic log architecture deemed particularly appropriate to wilderness settings.
Period of Significance 1931-1945
Significant Date(s) 1934, 1935, 1937
Registry Type(s) 06/18/1980 National Register listed
06/18/1976 State Register listed
Site ID# P23789