Bernard & Ernestein Silberstein Residence

B. Silberstein House. (Image: Duluth Preservation Alliance.)
21 North 21st Avenue East | Architect: Frederick German | Built: 1914 | Extant

Called “Highpoint,” Bernard Silberstein secretly built this brick Colonial Revival house as a golden wedding anniversary surprise for his wife Ernestein, known as Nettie. Born in Hungary in 1848, Silberstein is thought to be Duluth’s first Jewish resident when he moved here in 1870. In 1871 he organized Silberstein & Bondy, which became one of the largest department stores in the region. His twenty years working on Duluth’s Parks Board helped create Duluth’s renowned park system.