Father Marquette Statue
Honoring Father Jacques Marquette
The Father Marquette Statue restoration, ADA accessibility, along with the enhancements and maintenance of the park, is an on-going enterprise. Through project funds and generous donations, this undertaking sponsored by the Marquette Beautification & Restoration Committee, Inc. and supported by the City of Marquette, is close to realization. This park honors the memory of Father Jacques Marquette, the historical namesake of our city and county.
On July 15th, 2018, the rededication of the Father Marquette Park will be celebrated. Artist Ryan Bryak, created the gateway to welcome visitors to the park. It emulates a canoe, stands 10 ft. tall and is made of steel. Engraved along the perimeter of the arches, is a map depicting Father Marquette’s journey. New seating, lighting, and a winding pathway enables all to experience the park.
A memory garden was established in the park to honor former MBRC President Tami Dawidowski. She is recognized for her extraordinary leadership, endless determination, and her encouraging foresight, that helped this project to eventualize.
Preservation & Restoration Plan
2013 Repaired the reliefs
2013 Repaired the base
Add lighting and landscaping
Add handicap accessibility
Fund long-term maintenance
Establish and maintain "Tami's Garden"
The Father Marquette Statue was dedicated on July 15, 1897, gifted to the city of Marquette from Peter White. The brass statue was sculpted in Florence, Italy by the renowned sculptor Gaetano Trentanove. This statue is one of two replicas created by Trentanove, the other stands in Statuary Hall in Washington, DC, and is considered to be one of the finest sculptures in the national collection. Trentanove made two trips to Marquette during the creation of our statue. Weighing 1 1/2 tons, the cast bronze statue cost $6000, and was originally situated near the original Waterworks Plant at the southeast end of East Ridge Street. It was moved in 1913 to its current location in the Father Marquette Park.
For more information and donations, contact Emily Lewis at 906-226-9618.