Rosemar Apartments

Address: 16-18 North 2nd Avenue East | Architect: Carl Nystrom | Built: 1924 | Extant

This is a simple three-story cream brick commercial building sited on a shallow, sloping rectangular lot with its southern common brick sidewall exposed along a mid-block alley. The building steps down to only two stories at the rear. Plain brick masonry forms a frame around a large, open storefront on the first floor. New aluminum frame storefront windows were inserted ca. 1960, along with vertical wood siding at the bulkheads and transoms, but two original wood frame entry doors with single glazing survive at the setback entries. A flat, rectangular limestone surround marks the secondary entrance at the northern end of the façade, providing access to the upper floors. The original wood frame glazed entry door and transom remains in this entry as well.

A string course of limestone at the upper edge of the storefront does double duty as a continuous sill for the six window bays of the second floor. Seven alternating wide and narrow flat, two-story, brick piers separate the upper two stories into six bays, and are finished by an abstracted capital decorated with a large “I” shaped limestone motif. The original brick spandrel panels and brick heads are visible, but all windows of the upper stories were replaced at an unknown date with aluminum frame fixed windows over small operable tilt windows. Alternating long and short brick corbels form a decorative band at the level of the pier capitals, which is capped by a thin, projecting metal coping.

The southern façade is more utilitarian in nature, with painted common brick walls and a large overhead door piercing the first floor of the two-story portion of the building. Nine aluminum frame fixed windows over operable tilt windows are visible at the second floor level, eight of which are arranged in pairs. Three window openings are inserted into the third floor, one of which provides access to the fire escape affixed to the south façade.


  • 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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