Early vision for the DECC, 1962

May 23, 1962

The previous post featured photos from the opening of the Arena-Auditorium (later the DECC) in 1966.

Also found in those files was this photo, which ran in the News-Tribune on May 23, 1962, showing an early vision for the arena-auditorium complex:

Examining a model of Duluth’s proposed arena-auditorium building complex and site are George Barnum Jr., left, finance chairman of the Citizens Advisory Arena-Auditorium Committee, and William S. Johnson, site chairman. Johnson built the model, which will be on displaay at a committee meeting tonight. (Earl Johnson / News-Tribune)

So this model was home-built, and not a professionally designed concept. I’m assuming Mr. Johnson constructed it to spur further discussion about the project. Here’s a close-up look:

The proposed arena is the large building with the spiky features sticking out the top. To the left are buildings labeled "auditorium" and "little theater."

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The photo is taken in an office located in a building, if I had to take a guess, somewhere around the corner of Superior Street and Fifth Avenue West. But I’m not sure. There are a few clues visible in the background, including this hotel sign (it kind of looks like the one on the Holland Hotel in this post:

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Also visible, a sign for the "Dutch Coffee Room" (there may be another word, not visible, before Dutch):

I tried to find "Dutch Coffee Room in a 1961 city directory, with no luck.

Can any of you figure out where this photo was taken? Post a comment if you know.

- Andrew Krueger

2 thoughts on “Early vision for the DECC, 1962

  1. The photo was taken from an office in the Lyceum Building at 431-433 W. Superior Street.

    The Hotel sign was from the Fifth Avenue Hotel at 502-506 W. Superior Street.

    The building with the coffee shop is the Holland Hotel at 501-503 W. Superior Street. The building was vacted in the early 60′s, so the coffee shop must have been very short lived.

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