The Josiah & Rose Ensign House

July's Lost Landmark

Image: Duluth Public Library
Image: Duluth Public Library

Duluth’s much-beloved pioneer attorney and district court judge Josiah D. Ensign and his wife Rose built the grand Victorian house shown above in 1884 at 502 East Second Street in the heart of the neighborhood then-called Ashtabula Heights for the unusually high number of residents who, like the Ensigns, came to Duluth by way of Ashtabula, Ohio. You can read more abut the house here, about Josiah Ensign here, and about Ensign Elementary School, named for Josiah, here.

July's Lost Landmark

One Response to The Josiah & Rose Ensign House

  1. Ensign house article says the house was a boarding house in late 20’s before being demolished in ’33 for hospital. Judge Ensign’s November 25, 1923 obit says his friend, John G. Williams represented him in the sale of the house to the city of Duluth a year or so before his death for the purpose of a hospital. Did the city run it as a boarding house for 10 years before demolition?

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