New ownership at the Landmark Inn in Marquette

It’s official. After several months and much speculation, Marquette’s venerable Landmark Inn has changed hands.

The Graves Hospitality Corp. of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the buyer. The company, according to its website, has decades of experience working with major branded hotel groups such as Radisson, Marriott, ICH – Holiday Inn, Best Western and Le Meridian.

The Inn, an iconic downtown Marquette landmark, has been owned for most of the past two decades by Christine Pesola and several investors. Located at 230 N. Front St., Inn sale details haven’t been made public.

The Landmark Inn has a long and impressive history in downtown Marquette. Amelia Earhart, Duke Ellington, Gloria Steinem and Maya Angelou are former guests.

The hotel was conceived in 1910, but the hotel, then known as the Hotel Northland, didn’t open until 1930. The building fell into disrepair over the years, and was closed in 1982.

However, in 1995, a major renovation and restoration project was undertaken by Team Landmark, which specialized in historic restoration.

Pesola said the refurbished hotel opened in 1997.

Look for changes. For example, the upscale restaurant inside the inn, Capers, will give way to an eatery that will be called the Piedmont, which will feature, among other things, a wood-fired pizza oven.

We welcome the new owners to downtown Marquette and wish them the best of luck in the future.