Preservation Events

The DPA hosts a number of events each year ranging from secret tours of homes and commercial spaces not generally open to the public to educational and historical seminars.  Check back often for a list of our events.  Members receive advance notification via email.

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Historic Walking Tours

Click on the link below and you’ll be directed to the PDF version of our East End Walking Tour booklet.  Bound color copies of the booklet can be purchased at the bookstores in Fitgers and Glensheen.

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Donate to DPA

The Duluth Preservation Alliance is a not-for-profit, 501 c3, organization incorporated in the State of Minnesota with a mission to Advocate for the preservation of Duluth’s historic architecture.  A copy of our Federal 990 can be obtained by calling the telephone number listed in the contact information or by searching the national database on-line.

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Get Involved

Membership is free and open to anyone with an interest in the historic architecture of Duluth.  Most events are free and at others we accept a small free-will offering.  Our significant source of revenue is from our annual Tour of Historic Places the Third Sunday in September.

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Within this category you’ll find links to other preservation directed organizations including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Alliance Minnesota and the Minnesota Historical Society.

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Advocating for the preservation of Duluth’s historic architecture

We are a passionate group of Duluthians who want to see our Minnesota city grow. Duluth’s historic architecture is a substantial part of Duluth’s heritage – Duluth has an extraordinary sense of place. We are partners in Duluth’s growth: sharing our knowledge with developers and community leaders. By enhancing our community’s architectural heritage, we make Duluth a more enjoyable place.

News & Updates

On Wednesday June 1st join the Duluth Preservation Alliance at 7:00 pm and walk the steps that went alongside of the old Incline that opened in 1891 and was lost in 1939.
We will start at the top where the old pavilion was at 8th Street above Skyline Parkway. Look for the old weather station as a landmark at 631 West Skyline Parkway. We will have people out there to direct you as where to park. There is parking on Skyline and above.
When we know how many people will be there we will drive some cars to the bottom on First Street near Mesabi Ave and the Bethel where there is parking. This way you won't have to walk back up. This will definitely be a must walk for people interested in the history of this lost attraction!

Crews are busy replacing Historic Old Central High School’s retaining wall — built in the 1890s — with the hope of holding back the hillside for at least another century. The retaining wall stretches the entire block in front of the former high school, now the Duluth public schools offices, on East Second Street and […]


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