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Janzen House records

 Collection — Box: 04-07-01
Identifier: MSS-252

Scope and Contents

This is a small manuscript collection containing correspondence relating to the Janzen Hotel, the "Save the Janzen Hotel" committee and project, a poster for the Save the Janzen Hotel Week Benefit Film Series, and newspaper clippings.


  • 1983-1985

Conditions Governing Access

No restictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Janzen House records must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.


The Janzen House, located at 146 West Spring Street in Marquette, MI, was originally a railroad hotel. It was built in 1893 and is listed as Michigan Historic Site No. L1161A in the State Register. It became a low-income shelter in 1983, after a group of community members formed a committee to save it from demolition. In the mid-1980s the Janzen Hotel was a for-profit hotel and catered to mostly low-income and elderly individuals. A fire in 1983 damaged the building and it was thought that the building would to have to be torn down. Instead, a group of volunteers calling themselves the "Save the Janzen" committee began fund raising to have the building renovated. Through the funds they raised, the matching funds from the City of Marquette, and volunteer carpenters, plumbers and pipefitters, electricians' local unions, and hundreds of hours the building renovations were completed. In 1984 the "Save the Janzen House" committee purchased the building and since then the Janzen House has been a non-profit hotel providing shelter for potentially homeless people of the community.

Source: Hoyum, Kim. (2008, August 12). Marquette’s Janzen House hits landmark date. The Mining Journal. Retrieved from


1 folder

Language of Materials



This is a small manuscript collection maintained in one file folder containing correspondence (1983-1985), a poster, and newspaper clippings. The materials are in original order as received.

Janzen House records
Glenda K. Ward
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Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


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