Goodbye, Christie Building, 1980

March 12, 1980

Wrecking crews work Tuesday on tearing down the Christie Building, across from City Hall, to make way for the new seven-story state office building at Fourth Avenue West and Second Street. The new building, which will cost about $8.8 million, should be finished in 1982. (Charles Curtis / News-Tribune)

The photo above is looking from City Hall across Fourth Avenue West, with Second Street out of view to the left. The new building that was built on the site is known as the Government Services Center.

I found this link to a view of the site that pre-dates the Christie Building. I’ve just begun to explore that online archive, called Minnesota Reflections, but it looks like there are a lot of interesting old Duluth photos there.

Here is one more view of the demolition of the Christie Building from two weeks later – March 26, 1980:

The Christie Building in Duluth crumbles before the wrecker’s ball as seen through a fisheye camera lens. The lens gives the doomed building curves it never had in real life. Razing work continues day and night on the project, to make room for a planned state office building between Third and Fourth avenues West on the south side of West Second Street. (Bob King / Duluth Herald)