I took this photo because I liked the way the sun was shining on the relief of the this old building, which happens to the the old county jailhouse. The building sat vacant for 20 years. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic and in May a twin cities developer Grant Carlson purchased it. He has talked about remodeling it and somehow making it into into a popular spot.
The following was taken verbatim from the St. Louis County website:
Constructed in 1924, the old St. Louis County Jail is located directly behind, and is considered to be part of,Â the Duluth Historic Civic Center District featuring the county courthouse, federal building, and city hall. In 1996 the jail was condemned for prisoner holding by the State of Minnesota, Department of Corrections, and plans for a replacement jail began. The countyâ€™s interest in divesting itself of the old jail has been published on over 20 different occasions since 1998, and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota has listed the building on its nationally publicized â€œTen Most Endangered Listâ€ three times: in 2004, 2008, and again in 2009.
This exposure resulted in the county showing the property to over 60 individuals and groups, plus responding to more than two dozen telephone inquiries over the last decade.