Marquette County offers a plethora of history, including some awesome aging architecture.
Curiosity about towns we live in is inevitable. The history, the community, the businesses and organizations. What about the buildings? Fortunately enough, Marquette County carries with it a rich history complete with aging architecture. Take a tour through town and traverse back in time from the early 1800s all the way to the mid-twentieth century and even until now. The diversity of these buildings is incredible. Just think, Marquette County is just one out of thousands of counties in America.
Many of Marquette County’s buildings are apart of the National Register of Historic Places. There are some buildings not quite as aged as those on the Register, like the Marquette Mall or the University Center on NMUs campus, but nonetheless have since aged a bit.
The No. 1 Question:
So, here’s the question. Why does one building take precedence over another for either being preserved or being demolished? Specifically, why do we adore buildings from the early 1900s and prior, but loathe, not all, but many, from the mid-twentieth century up to, say, the late 1980s?
An article on ‘Building Design + Construction’ (www.bdcnetwork.com) raises a very good answer. When considering modern (early twentieth century) buildings versus historic ones…”the number of buildings far exceeds that of earlier architectural periods. The materials and techniques of Modern architecture allowed for rapid and prolific construction, which not only helped achieve the social ideals of the movement, but also resulted in a historically unprecedented volume of new structures.”
There is an array of architectural styles existing in Marquette County today. Which buildings are your favorite? If you had a top 10 list, which ones wouldn’t make the cut? Are your favorites worthy of preserving? Should any buildings be demolished, in your opinion? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page!