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The view from Duluth’s “House of Rock”

View of Duluth and Lift Bridge from Skyline Parkway

Perhaps second only to Glensheen Mansion in fame among Duluth homes is the Arthur and Ella Cook House at 501 W. Skyline Parkway. For those who have looked at the property and wondered what the view of the city is like from that bluestone stairway, the postcard above offers an illustrated perspective from roughly the 1930s.

Arthur Purdon Cook was a pharmacist, prominent horse-master and superintendent of St. Louis County’s Poor Commission (later renamed the St. Louis County Welfare Board). He hired architect I. Vernon Hill to design his castle-like home on Duluth’s hillside, which took two years to build and was completed in 1902.

Bob and Kit Kunze are the current owners of the Cook House, shown below in another early 20th Century postcard.

House and Rock Garden on Skyline Drive

Why “Minnehaha Falls” appears at the end of the text on the card below is anyone’s guess.

1 Comment

MNHemiGuy

about 7 days ago

Was born and brought home to the rock house before it was sold in early 1980s to the current owners. Have little memory to the house but amazing stories and lots of great photos. My father is still great friends with the buyers/current owners.

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