Harold Starin

Harold St. Clair Starin was born in Iowa, but was a Duluth architect for many years.  He was in business with A. N. Starin (possibly his father or brother) c. 1916-1923 before partnering with A. Reinhold Melander from 1924 to1930 during which time they designed numerous residences.  A 1974 obituary provides the known background of this Duluth architect’s life and achievements:

Harold Starin, Duluth architect, dies at 80.  Harold S. Starin, 80, prominent Duluth architect, died Tuesday in a Duluth hospital.  He resided at 1717 Lakeview Drive.  He designed a number of Duluth buildings, including the Duluth Athletic Club, Bridgeman Building, Minnesota Power & Light Co. building and the Jewish Education Center.  Mr. Starin also designed schools and hospitals in upper Michigan and housing units in Iowa.  He was born in Keokuk, Iowa, graduated from high school in Basking Ridge, N. J., and attended Brown university.  He received architectural training with New York and Boston firms and in Western Europe.  He was with the architectural department of the old Oliver Iron mining Co. when Hibbing was moved and rebuilt.  Since 1923, he maintained his own offices in Duluth.  In 1973, he donated a collection of paintings by his brother the late Arthur Starin, to the Tweed Museum of Art at UMD.  Mr. Starin was a World War I veteran and during World War II was involved in building ships in Duluth and housing in Iowa.  He was a member of the Kitchi Gammi Club and the American Institute of Architects and was a former president of the Minnesota Chapter of the institute.


  • Larson, Jill. Intensive Survey of Historic Resources in Duluth’s East End (Part 1). City of Duluth, Duluth Heritage Preservation Commission, Duluth, Minn.: August 2007.
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