If Walls Could Talk

Posted on January 26, 2017KCichon

In Marquette, Michigan there stands a stately old building which, once full of life, now stands empty. Holy Family Orphanage was built in 1915 through the patronage of a Marquette Catholic Diocese Bishop, who payed about $100,000 for its construction. Six stories tall, this expansive home, equipped with classrooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, playrooms, a grand dining hall, and laundry and kitchen facilities, could house up to 200 children. Many of the children that resided in the orphanage were Native American. Tragically, these children had been taken from their families to be trained up by nuns to assimilate into a white, Christian society.

After operating for 50 years, the orphanage finally closed its doors in 1965. Since then, it has stood abandoned, with boarded up windows, overgrown shrubs, and vandalized walls. Thick dust and debris cover the old floors and mar the beautiful architecture that once existed.

All of that is changing now. Since June, Wolverine Building Group has been working on breathing new life into the Holy Family Orphanage, just as Wolverine has done with past historic renovations. The historic building is being transformed into affordable housing, while carefully maintaining its iconic appearance. Its new name will be Grandview Marquette. Fourteen of the 56 units will be set aside as supportive housing for homeless and financially challenged families. The other units will be rented for as little as $275 a month, depending on income. The renovation is scheduled to be completed by August, 2017.

Wolverine is proud to give back to the community of Marquette and to be a part of this historical renovation!