Downtown Duluth historic sites soon to be documented in local database

By KBJR News 1

March 25, 2014 Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Calling all history buffs? If you're looking to get your hands on the history of many of Duluth's popular buildings the wait may soon be over.

At the Heritage Preservation Commission meeting Tuesday afternoon the firm Summit Envirosolutions Inc. presented an outline of their "Phase V Historic Survey."

The firm will examine the area within the blocks west of 6th Avenue, south of 6th Street, east of Lake Avenue, and north of 1st Street for history on potential historic properties.

The purpose of the study, they say, is to gather hidden historical information residents may have on their homes, and to provide a record of these sites to inform those in the community of the local history.

"Coming up in April our architects will be out in the neighborhood taking photographs and writing notes about the properties, and then we'll prepare a report that will be submitted to the commission and all the properties will be in a database that the city can use, and then have a database of historic properties," said Andrew Schmidt, Director of Cultural Resources for Summit Envirosolutions.

The historical field inventory of the central and east hillside neighborhoods could begin as early as next week.

Elsa Robins