I didn’t ask around, with the crowd as thick as it was, but I’m assuming this big wooden arch must be the one from the Spalding Hotel that was retrofitted into O’Gara’s fairgrounds restaurant in St. Paul.
The Duluth News Tribune reported two weeks ago that Danny and Kris O’Gara somehow acquired an old arch from the Spalding for their new restaurant.
Here’s an old postcard image of the Spalding:
The Spalding was a seven-story, 200-room hotel located at 428 W. Superior St., which is where the Ordean Building and an outdoor garden are today.
* Designed by James J. Egan of Chicago
* Opened June 6, 1889
* Owned by William W. Spalding
* Demolished Sept. 25, 1963