Duluth’s Repurposed Public Buildings

A Photo Essay

In honor of May, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “National Preservation Month,” Zenith City is rerunning a photo essay celebrating Duluth’s repurposed public buildings: the churches, synagogues, schools and city, county, and federal facilities that have outlived their original purpose, yet still serve the community. These buildings were constructed to answer the community’s needs at different points in its history, and nearly all were designed to show the pride our community ancestors took in their houses of worship, schools, and even local governments.

Many are lost to history, but many more remain. Some serve radically different needs than they were intended, including the many Duluth schools that have been converted into apartments. Quite a few churches, on the other hand, are once again being used as a gathering place for the faithful, but are now used by those faithful to another faith. This adaptive reuse is absolutely necessary to keeping historic buildings standing. It’s not enough to save a building from demolition unless it can be successfully adapted for reuse—it also needs to contribute to a community’s vitality to justify its use of developed real estate. And the longer our historic buildings stand unused, the more it strengthens the arguments of those who think those buildings should be demolished and replaced.

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Part One: Duluth’s Repurposed Houses of Worship

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Bethel Finnish Lutheran Church
5302 Ramsey Street
E. Berg, Architect
Built: 1916 | Closed: 1989
Current Use: Fortner Word Works

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Chester Park United Methodist Church
814 North 18th Avenue East
A. Reinhold Melander, Architect
Built: 1928 | Closed: 2013
Current Use: Stacy’s Academy of Dance

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St. Peters Catholic Church
818 West 3rd Street
Peter Sommers, Architect
Built: 1925 | Closed: 2010
Current Use: Great Lakes Academy of Fine Arts

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Church of Christ Scientist
902 East 1st Street
Frederick German, Architect
Built: 1910-1914 | Closed: 1997
Current Use: Karpeles Manuscript Museum

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Endion Methodist & Episcopal Church
1830 East 1st Street
Bray & Nystrom, Architects
Built: 1909 | Closed: 1966
Current Use: Prince of Peace Fellowship

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First Unitarian Church
1802 East 1st Street
Anthony Puck, Architect
Built: 1910 | Closed: 2000
Current Use: Quaker Meeting House

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Good Shepherd Catholic Church
5905 Raleigh Street
Edmund Prondzinski, Architect
Built: 1960 | Closed: 1997
Current Use: Raleigh Academy, Edison-Raleigh Charter Schools

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Mount Olive English Lutheran Church
1901 East 4th Street
Architect Unknown
Built: 1922 | Closed: 1956
Current Use: Kaio Coffee (associated with River Church)

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Sacred Heart Cathedral
201 West Fourth Street
Gerhard Tenbusch, Architect
Built: 1896 | Closed: 1985
Current Use: Sacred Heart Music Center

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Salem Lutheran Church
3009 Restormel Street
Architect Unknown
Built: 1922 | Closed: 1982
Current Use: Alano Club

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St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
1030 East 8th Street
Frederick German, Architect
Built: 1923 | Closed: 1984
Current Use: Benedictine Childhood Programs

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St. Clement’s Catholic Church Rectory
2032 West 3rd Street
Erhard Brielmaier, Architect
Built: 1911 | Closed: 1972
Current Use: Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers

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St. Paul’s German Evangelical Church
932 East Third Street
Architect Unknown
Built: 1873 | Closed: 1960
Current Use: Apartments

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Sts. Peter & Paul Polish Catholic Church
2401 West 5th Street
Architect Unknown
Built: 1902 | Closed: 1985
Current Use: Rock Hill Community Church

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St. Stephen’s German-English Lutheran Church
30 North 58th Avenue West
Architect Unknown
Built: 1915 | Closed: 1961
Current Use: Jesus Fellowship Church

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Temple Emanuel / Temple Israel Synagogue
1902 East 4th Street
Architect Unknown
Built: 1923 | Closed: 1974
Current Use: The River Church

Click on “read more” for part two, “Duluth’s Repurposed School Buildings”

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5 Responses to Duluth’s Repurposed Public Buildings

  1. St. Peter’s should not be torn down- you have shown that the Catholic leaders have repurposed Catholic churches- so I am thinking there is something else behind this- probably money- some contractor wants that land-

  2. I have not lived in Duluth but a dream to someday move to the North Shore. I’m so drawn to the history of Duluth and the area. New is not always better but to keep architectural history alive should always be first choice. Thanks to those who save what others gave us.

  3. I am a former resident of Duluth. I love the city and make it up there whenever I can. I did not realize Duluth was making use of so many of these wonderful buildings. This is just great.

  4. Duluth certainly has some magnificent houses of worship. Bob Woodbury.

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