Duluth church to host tea, tour time

The event begins at 1 p.m. Sept. 24 at First Presbyterian Church.

First Presbyterian Church stands in afternoon sunlight.
Designed by Traphagen and Fitzgerald and built in 1891, the 40,000-square-foot First Presbyterian Church building is perhaps the best example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture in the city. First Presbyterian Church is hosting a tea and tour time Sept. 24.
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DULUTH — Expect finger sandwiches, lemon curd and scones during the Scottish Tea and Tour at First Presbyterian Church.

The Sept. 24 event begins with a 1 p.m. guided tour of the church, 300 E. Second St. There’s music from the 1917 three-story Skinner pipe organ at 2:15 p.m., and tea services at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $40. Call 218-722-1745 to reserve a spot, attendance is limited to 125.

Some are buildings and corridors are threatened by demolition and others face possible future jeopardy.

The Duluth Preservation Alliance has named Presbyterian Church among the city's top 10 “endangered buildings."

The building was erected in 1891 and features Edwardian pendant lights, seven Tiffany stained-glass windows, a hidden playroom, rock fountains and Colonial Revival architecture.


"First Pres is kind of this fortress that people drive by every day. ... We're not as foreboding as we look from the outside," church volunteer Kathy Peterson said in a News Tribune story in July.

If you go

  • What: The Scottish Tea and Tour
  • When: Sept. 24; 1 p.m. guided tour; 2:15 p.m. pipe organ music; 3 p.m. Scottish tea
  • Where: First Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Second St., Duluth
  • Cost: $40, call 218-722-1745
  • More info:
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Melinda Lavine is an award-winning, multidisciplinary journalist with 16 years professional experience. She joined the Duluth News Tribune in 2014, and today, she writes about the heartbeat of our community: the people.

Melinda grew up in central North Dakota, a first-generation American and the daughter of a military dad.

She earned bachelors degrees in English and Communications from the University of North Dakota in 2006, and started her career at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald that summer. She helped launch the Herald's features section, as the editor, before moving north to do the same at the DNT.

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