Park Terrace of Point of Rock

This Month's Lost Landmark

Originally published March, 2015
Park Terrace. (Image: University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library Archives and Special Collections)

Henry Meyers and his brothers wedged this ornate Victorian townhouse, faced with brick and brownstone, into the steep hills behind Point of Rock as well-heeled Duluthians pushed out of downtown  in the early 1890s, encroaching on an area thatv what was then transitioning from a French enclave to Little Italy. The Meyers brothers all took up residence here, at least at first. Outside of Munger Terrace (then known as Piedmont Terrace), property west of today’s Mesaba Avenue (then one of two Piedmont Avenues in Duluth) proved unpopular among the wealthy. By 1910 Henry’s brothers had left town and he and his wife Lucy had built a grand estate in the East End. Park Terrace was abandoned by 1935 and demolished the following year; you can read more about it here.

This Month's Lost Landmark

8 Responses to Park Terrace of Point of Rock

  1. Absolutely fascinating. If anyone ever wants to point it out to me I’d love to see the foundation (I’m not exactly sure where to look). Thank you for posting about this.

  2. I think the city did that clear cutting, or Minnesota Power, to keep the overgrowth from interfering with wires.

  3. Correction: I actually meant the 45 degree view, it remains hidden in the satellite view.

  4. Someone cleared the ruins a couple of years ago, as the foundation, which I was not aware at the time had still existed, showed up on newer Google map satellite imagery. Very interesting.

  5. Too bad that todays marketplace makes this type of grandeur in construction so price prohibitive. What caused this? Is it cost of materials and labor, lack of qualified labor, or lazy dependent work ethic?

  6. Fabulously beautiful! It may now be gone, but it is not forgotten when you have people who share these lovely insights and pictures. Thank you!

  7. What a beautiful building! If only they were still in existence and could be restored. What a skyline treasure they’d be! Hotel? B & B? Wow, the possibilities…

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