Uncovering the Oliver G. Traphagen House
DULUTH - The Redstone was once a duplex designed and lived in by Oliver G. Traphagen.
"Mr. Traphagen was Duluth's premier architect from 1886 to 1896," Historian Tony Dierckins from ZenithCity.com said. "He built a great many buildings in Duluth particularly in the Richardsonian Romanesque style."
Although many of Traphagen's buildings have since been demolished, the 1889 Duluth City Hall along with the police headquarters and jail next door are still here to take in.
"I think we all have a sense of being in a special place," HTK Marketing President Mike Seyfer said. Right now the building is home to HT Klatzky and Associates.
They have found a way to keep the building's original feel while still keeping it modern.
"We try and find a blend of functional with the use of technology today, but with living in the environment that we all really appreciate," Seyfer said.
The Redstone was originally a duplex that Traphagen lived in for a few of years before leaving to Hawaii.
Some well–known residents include the Congdons who lived in the house while the iconic Glensheen Mansion was being built.
"There's just something about being here from time to time that you realize you're a part of history," Seyfer said. The Congdons owned the building until the 1930s.
At that point, it had been converted into nine small apartments.
But a major remodel in the 1980s brought back today's open design with more historic flare that visitors and employees can appreciate. "I love this office I like coming in here every day," Seyfer said. "It's I think one of the best places to work, it's comfortable it's homey. It kind of helps perpetuate this family environment we have at HTK."
If you ever get a chance to look around, you may get that feeling others do: a sense of history and beauty as you weave through the hallways of a home that has had a purpose for more than 120 years.
"This is an amazing house they're not going to find anything quite like this probably anywhere," Dierckins said. "It would stand today alongside any of the grand mansions east of 21st in the Congdon neighborhood."