Today my husband and I toured area bed and breakfasts during their holiday tour. Duluth has many mansions built during the time or expanding iron ore mining. The Cotton Mansion is full of ornate woodwork. There is a neighborhood called the Mansion District.
It’s fun to drive around the mansion district at Christmastime. I think I need to get my tripod out and try to take more photos. I steadied my camera on the car window opening to take this photo. There’s a life-sized Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus in the furthest left hand window, but you can’t see it here.
I’ve posted this house previously. I like their elephants. Now they have added a nutcracker, Christmas wreath and a little horse and carriage. As I search through my old posts I see that someone at this house decorates for the seasons. How fun!
You can see we don’t have any snow. And I didn’t realize how green our grass still is until I looked at this photo.
Here is what I wrote on on Oct. 28:
I first posted a photo of this Mansion with the elephants in Aug. of 2010. At that time I wrote:
These elephants welcome visitors to this Congdon home on East Third Street. Elephants are symbols of prosperity, wealth, good luck, strength and power. It also represents perseverance, in that it is an extremely hard working animal. Some worship the elephant so much as to make it their national symbol, such as Thailand. Elephants are also seen as symbols of wisdom and dignity, because of their incredible intelligence and very long life span. In Christian symbolism the elephant is an icon of temperance, patience, and chastity.
Of course in the United State they are associated with the Republican Party.
I took this photo too. It’s a lot more dramatic than the foggy morning photo
Well, they have begun to tear down the mansion to make way for the Mega Walgreens. Some other houses will be torn down too. See my post from earlier The Last Mansion Between Kitchi Gammi Club and 14th Ave. East.
When we were choosing were we would live as we prepared to move to Duluth five years ago, we took a walk around the neighborhood. I remember walking by this house and taking a photo of it to send to my daughter, telling her, this is in the neighborhood. Now it will be torn down so that Walgreens can make a bigger, better big box store.
This mansion is located on East Superior Street and the side yard is adjacent to 21st Avenue East. I noticed the lion head had a Santa hat and beard a few weeks ago, but I never had time to stop. Now on January 7, on day after Epiphany, I got a photo. I have taken photos of this mansion in the past.
See Mansion with bushes, Aug. 18, 2010 here.