More Spalding Hotel Photos

As promised, here are some more photos from the Spalding Hotel right before it closed in 1963. I still have enough left for at least one more post after this.

This batch of photos is from the roof and rooftop pavilion atop the hotel. I’m not sure when the pavilion was shut down, but it looks pretty dilapidated in these photos, so it must have been some time well before these photos were taken.

C. Russell McLean, manager of the Spalding Hotel, views the Aerial Lift Bridge from the old Spalding roof pavilion on July 1, 1963. (News-Tribune file photo)

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Hotel manager Russ McLean at the old Spalding Hotel roof pavilion on June 27, 1963. (News-Tribune file photo)

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Hotel manager Russ McLean at the old Spalding Hotel roof pavilion on June 27, 1963. This view is looking southwest toward the Point of Rocks. (News-Tribune file photo)

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Looking southwest along the southeast-facing wall of the old Spalding Hotel roof pavilion on June 27, 1963. (News-Tribune file photo)

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Looking down from the roof of the Spalding Hotel toward the corner of Superior Street and Fifth Avenue West on July 1, 1963. (News-Tribune file photo)

You can see the sign for the 5th Avenue Hotel and its New Yorker Patio at lower left. Here’s a closer look at the storefronts along Superior Street:

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This a photo that ran a while back on this blog. It’s a view looking east over downtown Duluth in 1960, and includes the Spalding Hotel:

Here’s a zoomed-in view in which you can see the pavilion atop the Spalding, to the right of the big sign:

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And here’s one more exterior shot of the Spalding. It’s not dated, but it looks like it might be from the 1930s:

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As with the last post, please share any Spalding Hotel stories you have by posting a comment. A few readers shared stories about the hotel after the previous post, and I’ll share those on the next post.

2 Responses

  1. Does anyone have pictures of the area where the Radisson Hotel is before it was built? I remember a older truck that would be in the parking lot where the Radisson is now and it said on it parking 25 cents do you have any pictures of that.

  2. brian gordon

    enjoy your photos. they bring back the enjoyment of trips from two harbors with my folks during the 50s.

    brian; fenwick island, de

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