Redstone damaged by fire


From the assistant fire chief’s office:

At 00:52 this morning, the Duluth Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 1511 E. Superior St. The first vehicle on scene reported a working fire, with heavy fire showing from a first-floor window of a three-story building. The fire had extended to the second floor via a pipe chase.

Fire crews attacked the fire on the first and second floors. The fire was knocked down quickly before it could extend to the third floor. Minnesota power crews responded and cut power to the building. The Duluth Police Department provided street control, and Gold Cross provided a standby ambulance.

The building damage is estimated to be in excess of $150,000. Due to the size of the building, 25 firefighters responded from the Downtown, Lakeside, Lincoln Park, UMD and Woodland fire stations. There were no injuries reported. The building was not occupied at the time of the fire. The fire is under investigation by the Duluth Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office.

Known as “Redstone,” the structure is the former home of renowned Duluth architect Oliver G. Traphagen, served as the Congdon family home before Glensheen was built, and has been the office of HTK Marketing and Communications since 1987. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been listed for sale recently at the price of $725,000.

Below is an article from the April 1988 issue of Lake Superior Magazine, which chronicles Howard Klatzky’s renovation of the old mansion.

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Paul Lundgren

about 10 years ago


The Duluth Fire Department and Duluth Police Department would like to report that the cause of the fire at 1511 E. Superior Street is arson. The fire is under investigation by both departments and they are looking for any information from the public. Anyone with any information is asked to call 1-800-723-2020. Rewards are offered. There was another incident at 1510 E. Superior St. where a bottle with an accelerant was thrown through a window. At this time it is unclear if there is any connection. Tips can also be left with Duluth Police Officer Gregg McCullough at 218-730-5472.


about 10 years ago

This week's fire at 1603 East 4th Street is also being considered arson.

The Duluth Fire Department and the Duluth Police Department have been investigating the cause of the fire at 1603 East 4th Street that occurred on Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 1:10 am and have determined the cause to be Arson. The fire was set on the front porch. Six people were sent to the hospital with injuries from the fire. One of the six was a Duluth Fire Fighter who fell through a hole burned in the front porch. Five pets died in the fire. More than twenty people were inside the building at the time of the fire. Anyone with information on who started the fire is asked to call the Duluth Arson line at 218-730-5080 or the Minnesota Arson line at 1-800-723-2020. There is a reward of up to $5,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago

Update: The Duluth News Tribune reports the Redstone has been sold to a group of unnamed investors.

Commercial real estate broker Greg Follmer confirmed Friday that the building at 1509-1511 E. Superior St. has been sold by longtime owner Howard Klatzky to private developers. "They don't have a plan, but do have the ability to redevelop it," said Follmer, who represents the property group, 1511 E. Superior LLC. "They're still trying to figure out what they can do with it."

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