The 1889 Hartley House

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Originally published December 2013
The “northeast” corner of Superior Street and 13th Avenue East in 1889 (above) and 2013. (2013 Photo: Jim Davis)

Guilford and Caroline Hartley built the house pictured at top, designed by Oliver Traphagen, in 1889. It stood at 1305 East Superior Street—the “northeast” corner of Superior Street and 13th Avenue East—which at the time was the eastern terminus of the Duluth Street railway Company’s Superior Street Line: Hartley was one of the railway company’s owners. According to one story, the Hartley family had the home demolished in 1954 because they did not want to see it converted into a boarding house. For many years the lot on which the Hartley House stood was home to a Walgreen’s drugstore and its parking lot. Today an Ace Hardware operates out of the old Walgreen’s building. Read more about the Hartley House and Guilford Hartley in the Zenith City History Archive, and catch up on all of Jim Davis’s Past & Present Pic’s here.

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4 Responses to The 1889 Hartley House

  1. The hardware store was a Marshall Wells on the corner of the Plaza
    northside. When I was seven years old, I salvaged an old house
    telephone from the mansion. It has buttons for Miss Judith, etc.
    Still have it. The log cabin became a ski shop for a time and there was also a brick horse stable behind. The neighborhood, armory, creek and tunnel was my playground. Jim

  2. Your story about the razing of the Hartley home is true. Caroline Hartley had her children and grandchildren agree that, upon her death, the home would be razed. She did not want it chopped up into apartments, turned into a boarding house, or (as I am told) made into a “home for wayward girls.” I am sad that I never saw it in person, as the pictures I have seen of it show it to have been a lovely home. Incidentally, there was a second structure, a log cabin, that was behind the house. It was Mr. Hartley’s retreat. The log cabin was not demolished at the same time as the house. It stood for several years on site and then was purchased and carefully dismantled. I understand that the logs, still numbered for reconstruction, are stored somewhere else by their owner. I hope that the owner reconstructs the cabin someday.

  3. When I worked at Woolworth’s in 1952-1953, Walgreen’s was in the original Plaza with Penney’s, National Tea and Woolworth. When did it move across the street. I also recall a different hardware store, where Ace is right now, in the late 50’s.

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