Posts by Maryanne C. Norton

Hunters Park Grocery

2301 Woodland Avenue | Architect Unknown | b. 1893 Duluth’s Hunters Park Gracery, aka “The Old Snow White,” was constructed in 1893, the year Scotland natives George and Jessie McGhie arrived in Duluth. George’s son James D. McGhie preceded him in the Zenith City and worked for several wholesale grocers before teaming up with Roderick…

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Lange Motors Building

206–214 East Superior Street | Architect: Unknown | b. 1915 This building was first constructed in 1915 as the Interstate Auto Company. By 1930 it was home to Duluth’s REO Speedwagon dealership (206–208), Kent Motors (210–212), and J. M. Michel Tires (214). Ten years later Lange Motors, Fox Auto Supply, and the Blue & White Hamburger…

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Northern Bible Society Building

715 West Superior Street | Architect Unknown | b. 1932 | Extant From when it was built in 1932 until 1979, this little building was home to the Northern Bible Society, the brainchild of Rev. Henry Ramseyer. Ramseyer constructed the building to house his remarkable collection of Bibles and artifacts related to the history of…

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Service Motor Company

124 East Superior Street | Architects: Frederick German & A. Werner Lignell | Built: 1909 | Extant Known on the National Register of Historic Places as the Service Motor Company Building, the structure at 124 East Superior was built in 1909 by builders McLoed & Smith for owner David B. McDonald. The Duluth pioneer was…

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West Duluth’s Historic Hospitals

During the first half of the twentieth century, four hospitals served the western half of Duluth. Recently a patron at the Duluth Public Library, where I volunteer, asked the reference staff if they knew anything about the Webber Hospital in West Duluth. I was surprised to learn there was more than one hospital serving the western…

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Riverside Hospital

In 1900, after producing his last whaleback ore ship, Duluth’s famed shipbuilder Alexander McDougall sold his American Steel Barge facilities along the St. Louis River in Superior to the Superior Ship Building Company. He later set up shop on property he owned on Rice’s Point at 15th Avenue East, the site he originally wanted to…

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McDonald House

1831 East Third Street | Architects: German & Lignell | b. 1908 Known historically as the Donald B. and Lillie M. McDonald House, the home was designed by Duluth architects Frederick German and A. Werner Lignell and built in 1908.  A two-and-a-half-story structure executed in the Neoclassical Revival style, the house features decorative brick and…

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Prindle House

2211 Greysolon Road | Architect: William A. Hunt | b. ca. 1900 William and Mina Prindle at 2211 Greysolon Road—is one of the Zenith City’s more remarkable homes. William Prindle was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and grew up in Wilmington, Illinois. He began his career as a clerk for several railroads before arriving in Duluth…

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Warner House aka The Birches

2391 Woodland Avenue | Architects: Edwin Radcliffe & Vernon Price | b. 1908 | Extant Newspaper articles in 1908 and 1909 printed numerous stories about the homes on Second Street from Fourth to Sixth Avenues West which would have to be relocated or demolished for the construction of the 1909 St. Louis County Courthouse. Many…

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St. Paul’s Evangelical

932 East Third Street | Architect | b. 1873 | Extant In March 1872, 25 German-born immigrants representing 14 families gathered at Duluth’s Pilgrim Congregational Church not to pray, nor to attend a Congregational service, but to organize St. Paul’s German-Evangelical Church. Trustees included H. Oswald, Charles Henning, D. Geiger, Peter Stefan, Albert Weiland, and…

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