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Granot Loma History

Construction started in 1919 for the banking magnate, Louis G. Kaufman.

The house was built on a granite loma (a flat, broad-topped hill), which helped craft the name we know it as today, Granot Loma, by using the first two letters of each of the first five Kaufman children’s names: Graveraet, Ann, Otto, Louis, and Marie.

Architected by Marshall and Fox, the 20,000 square foot home contains thirty-five rooms, and sixteen additional buildings, outfitted by Louden Machinery Company for Loma Farms, which ceased operation in 1947. This property consists of a full 5,180 acres, with 3.6 miles of Lake Superior shoreline. The lodge itself was built of Idaho pine from Oregon. Nearly three hundred workers were involved in the lodge’s construction.

The size of the lodge is astounding. The Great Room's fireplace is large enough to hold four-foot logs. The garage has a capacity to hold twenty-four automobiles. 24 male and 24 female servant rooms exist as part of the main lodge.

Rustic Northwoods and Native American decor can be seen throughout. All the original furniture was handcrafted by Norse craftsmen. Beds, chairs, and tables are made of white pine. The Great Room’s chandelier is made from a large pine stump. Birchwood and bark line the bedroom walls.

The property was sold to Tom Baldwin in 1987 by the Kaufman family, who renovated the house in 1991. The house is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Natural Communities, Rare Species, and Geology of Granot Loma

Granot Loma has not been surveyed for rare plants or animals. Granot Loma contains habitat appropriate for these rare species.

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Moose

Alces americanus

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Male fern

Dryopteris filix-mas

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Ram's head lady's-slipper

Cypripedium arietinum

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Merlin

Falco columbarius

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Cooper's hawk

Accipiter cooperii

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Bearded Lichen

Usnea longissima

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Gray Wolf

Canis lupus

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Common loon

Gavia immer

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Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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Downy oat-grass

Trisetum spicatum

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Pine-drops

Pterospora andromedea

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Granite Bedrock Lakeshore

This rare community type occurs within Granot Loma

Granite bedrock lakeshore occurs along the Lake Superior shoreline as small knobs of sparsely vegetated granitic bedrock, typically between longer expanses of steep sandstone cliffs.

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Granite Bedrock Glade

This rare community type occurs within Granot Loma

Granite bedrock glade consists of an open forested or savanna community where knobs of bedrock are exposed at the surface. Scattered trees, shrubs, and partial turf comprise the sparse vegetation.

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Boreal Forest

This vulnerable community type occurs within Granot Loma

Boreal forest is a conifer or conifer-hardwood forest type occurring on moist to dry sites characterized by species dominant in the Canadian boreal forest.

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Northern Shrub Thicket

MNFI community type within Granot Loma

Northern shrub thicket is a shrub-dominated wetland located north of the climatic tension zone, typically occurring along streams, but also adjacent to lakes and beaver floodings.

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Dry-Mesic Northern Forest

MNFI community type within Granot Loma

Dry-mesic northern forest is a pine or pine-hardwood forest type of generally dry-mesic sites located mostly north of the transition zone. The community historically originated in the wake of catastrophic fire and was maintained by frequent, low-intensity ground fires.

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Granite Lakeshore Cliff

MNFI community type within Granot Loma

Granite lakeshore cliff consists of vertical or near-vertical exposures of bedrock caused by severe waves, wind, and winter ice with sparse coverage of vascular plants, lichens, mosses, and liverworts.

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Hardwood-Conifer Swamp

MNFI community type within Granot Loma

Hardwood-conifer swamp is a minerotrophic forested wetland dominated by a mixture of lowland hardwoods and conifers, occurring on organic (i.e., peat) and poorly drained mineral soils throughout Michigan.

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Jacobsville Sandstone

Geology of the Granot Loma area - Information on Jacobsville sandstone. It is a dominant formation along Granot Loma’s Lake Superior shoreline. It was also mined at Thoney’s Point within Granot Loma.

Articles

MI State Historic Preservation Objects

Granot Loma -
Wikipedia

National Register of Historic Places - Wikipedia

NPGallery
Asset Detail

Fabulous Granot Loma | MY MARQUETTE

Granot Loma -
Architectural Digest

Great Camps -
Wikipedia

Adirondack Architecture -
Wikipedia

Thoneys Point
Topo Map

Articles

MI State Historic
Preservation Objects

Granot Loma -
Wikipedia

National Register of
Historic Places - Wikipedia

NPGallery
Asset Detail

Fabulous Granot Loma |
MY MARQUETTE

Granot Loma -
Architectural Digest

Great Camps -
Wikipedia

Adirondack Architecture -
Wikipedia

Thoneys Point
Topo Map

Documents

MI DNR - Interoffice Communication - 1986

This document consists of an email sent by Michigan's Department of Natural Resources discussing the purchase and usage of the property by the state.

Empire of a Multi-Million Dollar Banker

This article details the history and amenities of the 5000+ acre Granot Loma property.

Granot Loma Use Proposal

This document shows an early draft of the property purchase proposal by Michigan's DNR, including background, recommendations for the property.

Granot Loma - Table of Facts

This impressive fact sheet describes, in great detail, the property and each of the treasures it holds.

Granot Loma Consideration

The State of Michigan's proposed plan for purchase and use of the property detailing Planning & Development, Implementation Considerations and Continued Development

Harlow Lake - Big Bay Deer Wintering Complex

Granot Loma is within the Harlow Lake - Big Bay Deer Wintering Complex (DWC) Management Plan

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Geology of Granot Loma area Granort Loma and Thoney’s Point are specifically mentioned in this treaties. 

Superior Heartland - A Backwoods History

C. Fred Rydholm, vol.I, 1989, Independently published by Rydholm.