It is the Alworth Building.
Here are some fun facts from Emporis:
- Named for Marshall Alworth, an important Duluth industrialist in the decades around 1900. Heavily involved in the timber industry, he owned large parcels in the Mesaba Range where much of the iron ore used for steel production in the United States originated.
- The Alworth Building was the tallest commercial building in Minnesota from 1910 until 1914, when 501 Marquette in Minneapolis was completed.
- The windows on the top floor are oval, and topped with lion’s head sculptures.
- The Alworth Building is the only Daniel Burnham-designed high-rise in the state of Minnesota. He was one of the most important designers of early skycrapers.
This cement block building was formerly a gas station. After that it housed other businesses. Now it housed a tattoo parlor. Up until a few days ago it had been painted black. It’s name was the Dark Angel. I’m not sure if the fresh yellow paint signifies a new owner or new name, but it is definitely a new look. I also to took this photo for my mother who loves yellow. (Now I’m on the lookout for yellow.)
I think the trees along First Street are lovely especially in the late afternoon light. Also around this time I often see people, whom I’m assuming are attorney’s, carting their heavy brief cases. The building behind them is city hall, but the county courthouse and the Federal Building are just a little way further in back of them.