We continue our exploration of Hancock with a behind the scenes look at City Hall. This face of the clock tower has no hands. I don’t know if this was intentional or this side was used for replacement parts for the other three sides. Across the snowy valley lies west Houghton.
Now we take a look at City Hall from the front. An interesting blend of styles, it looks more like a church then a town hall – specially with its gothic details and bell tower. This large half-circle window is part of the buildings original design from 1899 (which seems pretty cutting edge to me) The original stone clock tower rose over 90 feet and was replaced by the wood version seen here at some point later.
An interesting doorway on the 300 block. Mostly interesting because there is no keystone at the top of the archway. I’m not sure if it was designed that way, or it simply feel apart at some point and time. Either way its pretty useless as a rain guard.
Also in the 300 block, this large three story building houses a bar today. The large neon sign on the left seems out of place to the rest of the buildings more traditional attire.
A mix of architectures and cultures as shown here on the standard street signs found across the city. Both in English and Finnish, a striking reminder of this areas deep Scandinavian roots.
An interesting detail found on a building along the 100 block. These cream wreaths ran the entire length of the building, right below the rather plain cornice. Or perhaps a Christmas decoration someone forgot to take down.
Prism glass – as seen on a building along the 100 block. Once all buildings down all the major towns and villages in the Copper Country sported such treatment above their main facades. In a time before electric light, these large glass prisms would distribute light from the street into the far corners of the store inside. In the age of cheap and plentiful electric lighting these were promptly covered up on most buildings.
This ornate residence seems out of place in the more utilitarian dwelling around the downtown area and seems more apt for east Hancock. This building is on the Finlandia campus, and is used by the college for office space.
And ornate cornice and capital on the upper corner of the Wright block. While the east facade is original (as is this detail work), the front facade was remolded by Gartner’s in the ’50s to make it more “modern” in appearance.
The famous Scott Hotel past the prime of its life. The second largest building in Hancock (behind the Republic bank office tower), it once was the pride and joy of a bustling metropolis. Over time it was forgotten and left for dead, until a recent rise in interest by the community. Currently being remolded as an apartment complex, the future looks much brighter for such a stoic monument to a more prosperous time.