Category Archives: Downtown

Fog and dirty snow

Today the tempature is mild (for us northerners) but the fog can be mystifying. I heard that it was raining in Pike Lake. It’s not raining along Skyline Drive, but the fog is think over the lake. Do you see the clock tower, and the Aerial Lift Bridge? And the smoke stack? The smoke stack is from the steam plant which is used to most of downtown Duluth. This photo was taken from the parking lot of the Coppertop church. I saw many other interesting scenes, but wanted to pull off in a space that was safe.

Counting the votes

I’m sitting on the second floor of the Minnesota St. Louis County Courthouse. I know this isn’t really an exciting photo, but I didn’t want to freak the officials out by doing something more creative with my camera. The county auditor’s department is buzzing tonight as the votes are counted. (I have a spot job reporting the results to a research company, so I get to sit in the auditor’s “office” department to watch and listen and report the votes which will be used on television stations.) Tonight the staff has ordered pizza. One woman employee has a flag-type scarf on for the occasion.

Vigil in remembrance and solidarity with Tree of Life Synagogue

A vigil was held at the corner or Lake Avenue and Superior Street on Mon. Oct. 29 in remembrance and solidarity with Tree of Life Synagogue.

Each victim’s name is listed on the poster board. The bell, in the center left of the photo, was rung as each name was read.

Here is a video of the event by the Duluth News Tribune: Twin Ports Jewish Community Holds Vigil For Those Killed In Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Construction never ends

This photo was taken at the downtown public library at about 8 p.m. Notice it is already pitch dark. We took a class at the YMCA and by time we got out it was dark (about 7: 30) September is nice, but I’m not looking forward to the early darkness. Time to start up the Vitamin D supplements. I rode the bus home and there was another detour on 2nd Avenue West. And when I got off the bus my partner and I had to navigate construction barrels and cones. 

Cornice on the Lonsdale building on West Superior Street

I didn’t know before I started Duluth Daily Photo that the decorate tops of buildings are called Cornice. From Wikipedia: A cornice (from the Italian cornice meaning “ledge”) is generally any horizontal decorative molding that crowns a building or furniture element – the cornice over a door or window, for instance, or the cornice around the top edge of a pedestal or along the top of an interior wall.  And they are not just for decoration, they prevent water from seeping into interior walls.  This is the Lonsdale Building, which is 8 stories high and is considered a low-rise. (It’s 9 stories high on the back over Michigan Street.

The lighter colored building next to and taller than it is the Alworth Building. I’ve never really noticed how the windows are staggered, it must be a stairwell.  The two buildings share a common entrance at the street level. The Alworth Building is 16 floors, considered a high rise and has some very elegant window at the very top. I’ve even been in the top corner office.  Here is my DDP post from Oct. 29, 2014: Detail on the Alworth Building Here is a post on my blog from March 14, 2011.  Brass door

If you want a more reliable source than Wikipedia how about the Dictionary of Architectural Terms from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission’s Pennsylvania Architectural Field Guide, Here is what they have to say:

A cornice is the finished edge of the roof where it meets the exterior wall, of varying sizes, sometime plain, but often decorative and marked by brackets, dentils, medallions or some other decorative feature.

Parts of the finished roof edging: Cornice, Frieze, Architrave

Jingle dancer peers over downtown Duluth

This mural is on the side of the American Indian Community Housing Organization’s building  (AICHO) in downtown Duluth. The building is on East Second Street and Second Avenue West Much of the time when I drive by it’s partly covered by a billboard, so I can’t see the whole thing. The other day I was on the top floor of the Holiday Parking Ramp and got one of the best views I’ve ever seen of it. According to the Duluth News Tribune The mural is the artwork of Votan Ik, a Mayan from Los Angeles, and his assistant Derek Brown, a member of the Diné tribe in Arizona, and was completed in partnership with Honor the Earth. Diné is the Navajo word for “The People” and is what Europeans would say is the Navajo tribe, similarly to the the Ojibwe (or Chippewa) people around Lake Superior often use the word Anishinabe

This car up

This is in an Art Deco Building in downtown Duluth. Do you know what building this is?

Find out here.  According to  Zenith City Online: With very little public space to decorate the first-floor lobby became the building’s focal point. Its walls are faced floor-to-ceiling in dark tan Loredo Chiaro marble from Italy. The room’s lighting is concealed behind tilted marble tiles on the upper tiers. All of the metalwork in the lobby—the elevator doors, door trim, mailbox, etc.—is made of polished bronze. Terrazzo floors reflect the gleam of a gold-leaf ceiling.