Adams School in Duluth’s West End


School faculty must have thought this was a major pain, but I think in the long run it proves worthwhile to drag an entire student body out to pose for a photo in front of the building.

Adams School was built in 1885 at 1721 W. Superior St., serving children in Duluth’s West End neighborhood. Architects of the building were McMillen and Stebbins.

The school closed in 1951, and was demolished in 1960.



about 14 years ago

I have wondered about the numerous overgrown stairways going up the hill in the 1700 block of W. Superior. Now I see they must have led to the Adams School.

Paul Lundgren

about 14 years ago

Same deal with Longfellow School in West Duluth. An old stairway and sidewalk leads to an expanse of open land near Elim Lutheran Church.

Tony D.

about 14 years ago

Paul: great post. I am currently at work on a book to be titled "Lost Duluth" about the buildings and landmarks that have come and gone; we've cataloged over 225 subjects so far. The Adams school was one of many, many beautiful schools Duluth built throughout the years, quite a few of of which survive.

But what I can't seem to find is a good pic of the original Portland School, which went down to make room for the second Portland School, whose name was changed to Jefferson, now the jefferson apartments. If anyone out there has an idea where I could find one, please let me know!

The Big E

about 14 years ago

Interesting shot of it in gritty context here.


about 13 years ago

I went to Adams School in 1935 and 1936, before my family moved to Brainerd. In third grade I was captain of the school patrol and was included in a trip to Lum Park in Brainerd as a part of a large group of patrollers. Imagine their envy when I didn't have to take the bus back to Duluth. 

I remember Mr. House the principal and Mrs. Guthrie the third grade teacher. What a great school it was. I remember that I had great affection for Maryann Divitis -- she was a doll and there was also a beautiful but distant Janet Jepson. I remember noisy dusty mob soccer in the play yard. What fun.


about 1 year ago

Adams was demolished in 1968. It was voted as Duluth's No. 1 Eyesore in the '60s. My mom attended Adams, and then Denfeld. As young kids, we would walk by Adams and get the creeps. Many of the slats on the tower were broken or missing, and the tower became a huge pigeon roost. Once a very nice building, it was in a severe state of decay before demolition.

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