From Zenith: A Postcard Perspective of Historic Duluth, copyright © 2005, Zenith City Press, Duluth, Minnesota. Image: Duluth Public Library.
1801 East 1st Street
Architect: Adolph F. Rudolph
Built: 1890 | Extant
Built in the Romanesque Revival style of red pressure brick, the Endion School hosted students from Duluth’s Endion neighborhood for 87 years until closing its doors in 1977. In 1970 vandals victimized its belfry, which subsequently had to be removed from the building. Today the building houses the Endion School Apartments.
The name “Endion” comes from a town site registered in 1856 and is Ojibwe for my, your, or his home. When the town was absorbed by a growing Duluth, it became a neighborhood. Endion Station, now found along the Lakewalk at the very corner of Lake Superior, once stood at Fifteenth Avenue East and South Street, but was relocated in the 1980s when Interstate 35 was extended through Duluth to 26th Avenue East.