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

Come join the DPA and learn about the history of Duluth's brownstone quarries and the brownstone buildings built in Duluth. Brian Klawiter will be speaking about his extensive research and showing a wonderful power-point presentation documenting this very interesting period in Duluth's history.
In addition, we will be given a tour of an impressive brownstone, the First Presbyterian Church, an 1891 masterpiece designed by Oliver Traphagen and Francis Fitzpatrick.
Be sure not to miss this event!

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: First Presbyterian Church; 300 East Second Street
Parking: Take 3rd Avenue East below the church and parking is available in the alley, there are two marked lots
entering building: There is a door in the alley with a canopy and elevator if needed or enter by door on the avenue which also has a ramp available.
Suggested donation $5

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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