Duluth’s Grand Old Architecture


Tony Dierckins & Maryanne C. Norton

Hardcover | 336 Pages | 420 Historic Photos & Sketches | 11.625" x 9.25"



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Discover Duluth’s Celebrated Architecture In Over 420 Historic Photos & Sketches:
Old Central, the Depot, Glensheen, the Aerial Bridge, Enger Tower…

Duluth’s Grand Old Architecture explores the first seventy years of the Zenith City’s rich tradition of creating architectural statements. From the first brick buildings of the early 1870s through the Romanesque monuments of the 1890s and on to the Art Deco delights of the 1930s, readers will discover many of the remarkable structures—some lost, most still standing—where early Duluthians worked, shopped, prayed, played, learned, and lived. Meet the architects behind the buildings, learn about the people and companies who built them, get to know the families that lived in the city’s opulent homes, and trace each edifice’s history as you uncover the city’s storied past.

This big, beautiful hardcover book includes over 425 historic photographs and sketches while telling the stories of more than 300 existing and lost structures, including:

  • 35 Schools & Colleges
  • 26 Government Buildings
  • 60 Houses & Town Houses
  • 33 Synagogues & Churches
  • 16 Hospitals & Charitable Institutes
  • 16 Bridges, Lighthouses & Landmarks
  • 18 Industrial Facilities: Breweries, Factories & Rail Depots
  • 94 Commercial Buildings: Theaters, Clubs, Hotels, Retail Stores, Office Blocks, Banks & Sporting Facilities

Click here to review the contents of each chapter to see exactly which buildings are included in the book.

Praise for this book:

“I Love It!”

“There’s perhaps no one who has done more to showcase and celebrate Duluth’s rich history and the structures and places that made us and that continue to define us than Tony Dierckins and the late Maryanne Norton.”

— Chuck Frederick, Duluth News Tribune