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Greysolon Plaza overhang collapses


Photo from Fox 21 News

At about 8:15 p.m. the front awning of the Greysolon Plaza collapsed, presumably from the weight of snow. There are no reports of injuries.

The Duluth Fire Dept. established a collapse zone, and patrons were redirected through the avenue entrance. Crews responded from HQ Fire Station and remained on scene for over two hours.

The cause and cost of the collapse is unknown at this time.

Here’s the report from Eyewitness News:

Duluth News Tribune: Canopy collapses at Greysolon Plaza in downtown Duluth; no one hurt

The 14-story building opened in 1925 as the Hotel Duluth — the tallest hotel in the northwest at the time. It was designed by Milwaukee architects Martin Tullgren & Sons and built at a cost of $2.4 million.

In 1980 the 400-room hotel was converted into 150 apartments for moderate-income elderly people, and its name was changed to the Greysolon Plaza.

4 Comment(s)

  1. Wasn’t there talk of restoring it back to it’s glory days as Hotel again? I think the talk came around the time the Sheraton Hotel was being built and/or opened.

    DECk37 | Dec 29, 2013 | New Comment
  2. Heavy, wet snow may have been a factor. -- Billy Wagness at Northland’s NewsCenter

    Little Pirate | Dec 29, 2013 | New Comment
  3. More photos here.

    adam | Dec 29, 2013 | New Comment
  4. History of the Hotel Duluth / Greysolon Plaza:

    October’s Grand Old Building: Hotel Duluth (Greysolon Plaza)

    Tony D. | Dec 29, 2013 | New Comment

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