Hayes Block

The Hayes Block photographed in the 1870s. (Image: Duluth Public Library)

30-38 East Superior Street | Architect: Unknown | Built: 1870

Remodeled 1906 (William A. Hunt, Architect), 1923, and 2007

Duluth’s second brick building (the first was Branch’s Hall) was built in 1870 by William K. Rogers and Rutherford B. Hayes, who was governor of Ohio at that time. Hayes served as U. S. President from 1871 to 1881, with King serving as his personal secretary. After his presidency Hayes visited Duluth several times to see King and other friends who had moved to Duluth from Ohio. Rogers helped create Duluth’s park system, including Skyline Parkway, which was first named “Roger’s Boulevard.”

In its early days the Hayes Building served as Duluth’s post office, the Masonic Lodge Hall, the city administrative offices, custom house and municipal court. At times it had a grocery, flour and feed store, jewelers, pharmacy, and photography stores.

In a 1906 remodeling the Hayes Block lost its third story, was enlarged to the west, and had original windows replaced. It was remodeled again in in 1923 and once more in 2007. That same year the Weiland Block was also restored, and today the buildings are known together as the Wieland Block, although neither would be recognized by those who built the original structures.