PDD Quiz: Duluth’s Architectural Details

Can you identify some of Duluth’s historic architecture based on decorative details (and a few hints)? Quiz on to find out!

The next PDD quiz will test your knowledge of May 2020 headlines; it will be published on May 31. Please submit question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by May 27.

#1 This 1909 building is listed as the Service Motor Company on the National Register of Historic Places. Which business currently occupies it?

Read more about the history of the building on the Zenith City website.

#2 This building was designed by Oliver Traphagen and Francis Fitzpatrick. It was completed in 1891, replacing the previous facility built on the site in 1886.

Architectural Resources currently occupies the building.

#3 This building was designed as an eight-unit townhouse when it was built in 1891; it is now an apartment building.

Munger Terrace was designed by Oliver Traphagen and Francis Fitzpatrick.

#4 This three-story building used to have seven stories and a copper Moorish dome.

The top floors and dome were removed in 1942. Read more about the history of the Temple Opera Block on the Zenith City website.

#5 Plans for this 1892 building initially included a clocktower and a statue representing Duluth.

The clock tower and statue were scrapped during construction; read more about the Duluth Union Depot’s history on the Zenith City website.

#6 On which 1892 Richardsonian Romanesque building would you find this eagle?

Read more about the Historic Old Central High School on the Zenith City website.

#7 What was the name of this building when it opened on May 8, 1925?

The Hotel Duluth was converted into apartments and renamed Greysolon Plaza in 1980. Read more about the history of the building on the Zenith City website. 

#8 This 1904 building, now home to the Damiano Center, sports the creature pictured here.

Sacred Heart Cathedral (now the Sacred Heart Music Center), Sacred Heart School (now the Damiano Center) and the Christian Brothers’ Home (now Alicia’s Place) formed a diocesian complex for Duluth’s first Roman Catholic parish. All three are now on the National Register of Historic Places.

#9 Which 1923 building, whose design and location was influenced by Daniel Burnham’s City Beautiful movement, is pictured here?

Read more about the jail’s construction and history on the Zenith City website.

#10 This motif is the work of stone carver O. George Thrana and appears on which 1895 building?

You’ll find other Thrana carvings throughout Duluth (and throughout this quiz!). Find a list of his work on the Zenith City website. 

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