Mather Inn, photo submitted 1976
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Mather Inn
107 Canada Street, Ishpeming - Marquette County
Property Type hotel
Historic Use DOMESTIC
Current Use DOMESTIC
Style Other
Architect/Builder James H. Ritchie
Warren H. Manning
Narrative Description The Mather Inn is a rectangular four-story side-gable hotel with walls of red brick over concrete and steel, topped by an asphalt shingled hipped-roof. The facade is divided into three bays featuring a two-story portico in the center bay flanked on either side by a single-story apsidal ell and a bay window. The interior features over forty-seven rooms including three furnished apartments and public areas paneled in pine. The landscape architecture is particularly noteworthy with uniform terraced gardens and a huge boulder rock garden.
Statement of Significance The Mather Inn is a valuable cultural resource primarily because of its associations with nationally renowned landscape architect Warren H. Manning of Massachusetts and Boston architect James H. Ritchie. The varied, decorative fenestration and elegant landscaping make the Mather Inn an excellent example of the work of both men. Construction was initiated and financed mostly by William G. Mather, president of the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company, to replace the Nelson House (the town's finest hotel, destroyed by fire in 1928) and to house important guests of the company. The hotel currently serves its original purpose and has undergone few alterations.
Period of Significance 1931-1945
Significant Date(s) 1931-1932
Registry Type(s) 12/20/1978 National Register listed
06/18/1976 State Register listed
Site ID# P24127