Hampson Gregory – “The Man who Made Marquette Beautiful”
The following post is taken from my book My Marquette:
This home (at 301 N. Fourth St. in Marquette) belonged to Hampson Gregory, a local architect and builder whom The Mining Journal said was the man more than any other who was responsible for building Marquette. Gregory was born in Devonshire, England in 1834. He and his family migrated to Canada and then arrived in Marquette in 1867. He frequently worked with sandstone, and many of his buildings reflect the style of English architecture common in his native Devonshire and neighboring Cornwall, England.
Among the buildings Gregory built were:
The Adams Home 200 E. Ridge
The Rankin Home 219 E. Ridge
The Merritt Home at 410 E. Ridge
The Call Home 450 E. Ridge
The Pickands Home 455 E. Ridge
The Hornbogen Home 212 E. Arch
The Read Home 425 E. Arch
The Powell Home 224 E. Michigan
The Ely Home at 135 W. Bluff
St. Mary’s Hospital (the original building, no longer there)
St. Peter’s Cathedral, prior to the 1935 fire
The first high school on Ridge Street, burnt in 1889
The Harlow Block on Washington Street
The Gregory Block on Washington Street (no longer there)
Iron Bay Foundry on the corner of Lake and Washington, later to be the LS&I office
The First Methodist Church – (the foundation only)
The People’s State Bank in Munising, Michigan
One of his finest homes, the Merritt home, introduced Gregory to the Merritt family, and later his daughter, Clara would marry C.H. Merritt. The First Methodist Church has a memorial stained glass window to the Gregory family’s memory. Hampson Gregory died in 1922 and is buried in Park Cemetery. Today, nearly a century after his death, Gregory’s true memorial is the many homes and public buildings he built and which still stand today. The Mining Journal was correct—he remains one of the men most responsible for building Marquette.
Find out more about Hampson Gregory’s legacy in Marquette in My Marquette.
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