Duluth’s Hamilton Hotel

While doing some family research I found a 1927 directory listing for my great grandmother. It showed she worked as a maid at the Hamilton Hotel in Duluth. I can’t find any info regarding this hotel. Every time and everywhere I search it comes up with Hampton Inns or Hamilton Hotels (modern). I’m curious if anyone has any information regarding the history and location.

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Paul Lundgren

about 5 years ago


Hamilton Hotel was at 1412–1420 E. Superior St. and was one of Duluth's many impressive pieces of architecture designed by Oliver Traphagen and Francis Fitzpatrick. It was built as the Philadelphia Terrace Townhomes in 1890 and operated as Hamilton Hotel from the 1930s into the 1980s. It was demolished to make way for a Kolar Buick dealership. In recent years it was a parking lot. Construction is underway there to build the Center for Changing Lives (which will look something like the design below).

There is a history piece on Zenith City Online about Philadelphia Terrace, written by Jim Davis, which seems confusing. Are there two Jim Davis' interested in this building?


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