For Sale: Historic Train Depot in Duluth's Canal Park

By KBJR News 1

September 21, 2012 Updated Sep 21, 2012 at 11:17 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - If you've got the money and a plan, a historic vacant building located just off the Lakewalk could be yours.

"It's a beautiful building," said Carol Ann Petersen, visiting from Minneapolis. "Reminds me of something you'd see in Hansel and Gretel."

The building is surrounded by the city skyline and the big lake. It's located pretty much in tourism central.

"It’s charming," added Petersen.

The Endion Train Station is in need of a new owner, a new purpose, all while preserving its story. The former train depot was built late in the 1800s, but it hasn't always sat in Canal Park. It moved in 1989.

Ask anyone strolling by and the possibilities for the two-story building are endless.

"Have it be a place that is open to all."

"It'd be cool if there is some chocolate store. Maybe somewhere you could buy a fish."

"Right on the lake, great opportunity for having a patio out there," said Bob Kraftson, visiting from Hastings.

But of all the ideas, it's safe to say food tops the list, especially if you're a hungry college kid.

"I love Gelato," said UMD senior Patrick Olsen. "I mean there is a Cold Stone, but it's no Gelato."

Whether it's food or a visitor center, potential bidders just need to make sure the idea is unique, just like the building.

"Call it the people center," said Petersen.

A number of organizations have utilized the building over the years including Duluth Police, Visit Duluth and most recently a marketing company.

The auction is scheduled for October 5th at 2 p.m. Bidding starts at $200,000 dollars.

For more specs on the Endion building and a look inside, check out the city of Duluth website.

Kevin Jacobsen
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