Gust & Hanna Carlson House

Carlson House. (Image: Duluth Preservation Alliance.)
202 North 24th Avenue East | Architect: A. Werner Lignell | Built: 1910 | Extant

It may have been Werner Lignell’s shared Swedish heritage with its owner that brought him the spectacular commission of designing the eclectic Carlson house, which he adorned with Mission-style predominates and scalloped gables. A Swedish immigrant, Carlson was a bank president in Hibbing and Chisholm before establishing the Carlson Exploration Company. He later introduced innovations to diamond drilling and helped develop taconite. In 1913 he was honored with a knighthood by Sweden’s King Gustav V.