Tony Dierckins, publisher of Zenith City Press and Zenith City Online, is an author from St. Paul, Minnesota, working and living in his adopted home town of Duluth. Tony has written or co-written nearly two dozen books, from the ridiculous Duct Tape books to the informative Crossing the Canal: An Illustrated History of Duluth’s Aerial Bridge, a 2009 finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. He is the 2012 recipient of the Duluth Depot Foundation’s “Historic Preservation and Interpretation Award and his most recent book, written with Maryanne C. Norton, is Lost Duluth: Landmarks, Industries, Buildings, Homes, and the Neighborhoods in Which They Stood, a finalist for the 2013 Minnesota Book Award.
Duluth’s Old City Hall
By Tony Dierckins
Architect Oliver Traphagen designed Duluth’s original city hall at 132 E. Superior Street, which was completed in 1889. More than 100 years later, it is now home to Tycoon’s Ale House. Is it true that this was once a jail? Where was the front door of City Hall? Where was Duluth’s first skywalk?
The history of this architecturally stunning and storied building, with details about Duluth architecture and the personalities behind it, will be explored in depth in this class.