The Italian Hall
The building that stood on this site was called the Italian Hall, and was home to the Societa Mutea Beneficenza Italiana, which aided immigrants and others in need. Built in 1908, the hall housed a saloon and an Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company store on the first floor. A main hall with a dining room, a barroom, and a stage were on the second floor. The hall was site of one of Michigan’s worst tragedies. On Christmas Eve 1913, seventy-three people died due to a false alarm of “Fire!” When the building was razed in 1984, the archway from its main entrance was saved. In 1989 the Village of Calumet, with the help of Operating Engineers Local 324 and the Friends of the Italian Hall created this park dedicated to those who died in 1913.