John U. & Susan M. Sebenius House
From Lost Duluth: Landmarks, Industries, Buildings, Homes, and the Neighborhoods in Which They Stood, copyright © 2011, Zenith City Press, Duluth, Minnesota. Image: Duluth Public Library.
4000 London Road
Built: 1907 | Lost: ca. 1933
The Sebenius property along London Road boasted a one-thousand-foot frontage on Lake Superior. Built in 1907, the imposing brick house stood two-and-a-half-stories tall, featured two corner towers, and was capped with a tile roof. The house sat on a very large lot, which enabled Sebenius to experiment with his hobby, raising farm crops and cattle. According to the Duluth News Tribune, his cows were considered “some of the finest dairy stock in the country.” Susan Sebenius, who married John in 1895, died in 1918. Sebenius continued to live in the house until his death in 1932. The Lake Shore Lutheran Home purchased the Sebenius property the next year and demolished the house to make room for what is now The Shores, an independent, assisted living, and memory care facility for the elderly.