Friday, June 08, 2007

Marquette County Courthouse

Marquette County Courthouse
Shutterday: Famous

From a "Touring Marquette" booklet:
The building's main portico is flanked by columns 23 feet high and 3 feet in diameter. Building materials include Marquette raindrop brownstone. A copper-clad dome tops the second floor courtroom, which is reached by a staircase of Italian marble.
In 1913, the courtroom was the scene of a civil case in which former President Theodore Roosevelt brought a libel suit against Ishpeming newspaper publisher George Newett. Newett ran a story in the Iron Ore that claimed Roosevelt used liquor and profanity during a tour of the U.P. in 1913. Roosevelt won the suit, and was awarded a judgement of six cents.
In 1959, the courtroom was once again the center of attention when it was used as an on-site location for the film Anatomy of a Murder. The movie was based on a best selling novel written by John Voelker under the pseudonym Robert Traver. Director Otto Preminger brought stars Jimmy Stewart, Lee Remick, George C. Scott, Ben Gazzara and the rest of the cast to the U.P. for filming.

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