Marquette County Courthouse

Marquette County Courthouse

This Neo-Classical Revival structure, designed by Charleton & Gilbert of Marquette, was constructed in 1902-1904 at a cost of $210,000. Built of local sandstone, it is the second courthouse to occupy this site. In a case tried here in 1913, President Theodore Roosevelt won a libel suit against Ishpeming newspaper publisher George Newett and was awarded six cents, "the price of a good newspaper." Another case tried here inspired Anatomy of a Murder, a novel by Ishpeming resident John D. Voelker. In 1959 the courthouse was the setting of the motion picture based on the novel. The picture was directed by Otto Preminger and the musical score for the movie was written by Duke Ellington. The courthouse was renovated in 1982-1984 at a cost of $2.4 million.
photo of Marquette County Courthouse

Registered Site S0486
Erected 1985

Location: 400 South Third
Marquette, Marquette County

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Latitude: 46.541042, Longitude: -87.396112

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