Discover Duluth Redux: Old St. Louis County JailThanks to St. Louis County Property Management Director Tony Mancuso, the Budgeteer is able to show its readers the inside of the county's old jail in Duluth, which was recently named by Preservation Alliance of Minnesota as one of the 10 most endangered historic places in the state.
By: Matthew R. Perrine, Budgeteer News
Originally published May 12, 2008, on DuluthBudgeteer.com.
Abandoned in 1995, the old St. Louis County Jail faces an uncertain future.
So much so, in fact, that the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota recently named the 85-year-old structure one of the 10 most “endangered” historic places in the state — that is, the property faces imminent danger through demolition, neglect, severe alteration or inappropriate public policy.
The jail made this year’s list (the 15th of its kind) primarily because of a paper published by county officials stating a case for demolition.
Another interesting nugget to emerge from PAM’s brochure on the matter (see attached link) is that the group is seeking, at a minimum, for the building to be “mothballed and maintained to preserve its structural integrity.” The hope is that a private developer or public/private partnership can determine a viable reuse for the structure.
While the Budgeteer was denied access to explore the historic jail’s interior — it is being prepared for asbestos abatement and, therefore, not a safe environment for casual visitors — St. Louis County Property Management Director Tony Mancuso was gracious enough to send over such images to share with our readers.
“Discover Duluth” is an ongoing photo essay series by Matthew R. Perrine that highlights points of interest in and around the region. For more photos from this set (including those sent over by Mancuso), click on the accompanying photo gallery.