Burrell and Harmon Metal Work

308 East Superior Street | Architect: unknown | Built: 1905 | Extant (Carmody Irish Pub)

This small, variegated brick storefront utilizes decorative brick patterning virtually identical to that seen on its larger neighbor to the east, suggesting that the two are in some way related. The bulk of the façade is devoted to the storefront, much of which was altered at an unknown date with the introduction of new aluminum frame fixed windows, and aluminum entry doors and transom. Two painted metal fluted pilaster survive at either end of the façade, but it is not clear if these are original structural members or merely a later covering. The brick masonry above the transom/awning creates a frame of dark red brick to surround three decorative panels filled with a mixture of unglazed multi-color square tiles laid in diagonal patterns with a plaid-like appearance. The parapet is enlivened by a row of diagonal square tiles alternating with brick soldiers, which is sandwiched between two rows of stretchers alternating with smaller square tiles. A final row of brick rowlocks completes the wall, which is capped with a cast stone coping. A small oval sign has been attached to the face of the decorative brick panel.

Sources:

  • Koop, Michael. “National Register of Historic Places Registration for the Duluth Commercial Historic District.” Minnesota State Office of Historic Preservation, St. Paul: 2005.
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