A safe, happy and beautiful place to liveThe architect of the Grandview Manor was on hand for the 50th anniversary party which commemorated the completion of the building at 301 Second Street.
By: Naomi Yaeger, Duluth Budgeteer News
The architect of the Grandview Manor was on hand for the 50th anniversary party which commemorated the completion of the building at 301 Second Street.
“As a boy-architect I was hired to design this building,” said John Ivey Thomas. “And it was an exciting thing to have under my belt.”
The building, billed as Duluth HRA’s first highrise, was completed on Aug. 1, 1963.
Thomas is also a board member of the Duluth’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Thomas said the construction of the building was almost halted due to solid rock on the site impeding the ability to put the boiler in a basement, so the boilers were put on the roof.
Grandview Manor has a lawn between it and St. Ann’s Residence which includes a gazebo, patio and a raised bed flower garden.
On Tuesday, residents of Grandview Manor, along with board members of Duluth’s HRA, celebrated with an outdoor picnic on the property’s patio.
“This building has a special place in my heart,” said Mayor Don Ness. He said that he used to visit longtime DFL activist Helen Horal, who lived on the top floor of the building. Also the building was next door to St. Ann’s where his great-great-grandfather lived.
“This building has served our community very well,” said Ness, “and will for many years.”
“This building looks new and has held out very well,” Rick Ball, executive director of the HRA said.
Ball gave a commemorative plaque to Rick Sundquist, president of the Grandview residents association.
“Thanks to our friend and caretaker Jeannie Stenson for running a tight but friendly ship,” said Sunquist. [Stenson] and her co-workers have truly made [Grandview Manor]a safe, happy and beautiful place to live.