George & Laura Barnum House

Barnum House. (Image: Duluth Preservation Alliance.)
2211 East 3rd Street | Architects: William T. Bray & Carl Nystrom | Built: 1910 | Extant

An exposed brick chimney splits the massive center front gable of the Barnum’s eclectic house, a two-story brick structure wrapped in limestone trim. Barnum made his way to Duluth surveying Jay Cooke’s Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad (now part of Northern Pacific). While his contributions to early Duluth were many, the town of Barnum honored him as its namesake, and for many years he gave each graduating student at Barnum High School a $5 gold piece.