The 1886 Melvin & Ida Forbes Home

This Month's Past & Present Pic

Originally published July 2014
Upper Image: Duluth Public Library • Lower Image: Jim Davis

July’s Past & Present Pic by Jim Davis takes us to the corner of 6th Avenue East and Second Street, and back to 1886 when Melivn and Ida Forbes hired Oliver Traphagen to design their home in Duluth’s upscale Ashtabula Heights neighborhood. Melvin Forbes first worked as a bookkeeper in Duluth before becoming the first president of the Duluth Board of Trade in 1882. The modern building shown is Essentia Health’s Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center. Learn more about Melvin Forbes here, and about the Forbes’ home, here. And catch up on all of Jim’s Past & Present photographs here.

This Month's Past & Present Pic

4 Responses to The 1886 Melvin & Ida Forbes Home

  1. Inside Polinsky Rehabilitation Center there remains a tile from the fireplace of the Forbes home on display.

  2. I ALWAYS amazes me how the old Duluth and the new Duluth are SO different. There’s such a disconnect between the gorgeous old Duluth and the new things they put up, it always amazes me.

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