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Pat Bruckelmyer (left) and Kurt Hendrickson of Johnston Masonry move their scaffold on June 25 after removing the last sheets of metal on the building at 9-11 W. Superior St. that had covered its signage for 90 years. (Bob King /

Workers restore 1920s-era signage to downtown Duluth building

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For two months, Johnston Masonry stoneworkers tediously repaired and tuck-pointed the ornate glazed terra-cotta façade of the 1880s building at 9-11 W. Superior St. in downtown Duluth.


“It was deteriorating terribly,” field manager Joel Bruckelmyer said. “The upper parapet was completely falling apart. We tore it down and rebuilt it, using the original pieces.”

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