Local Artists Inspired by Beautiful Building

Northland Uncovered: Wirth Building

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Just take a walk down Superior Street and this building will catch your eye.

“I see people as I’m working in the shop if I glance across the street I see people all the time looking over at the building and taking pictures of it,” said Jeff Schmidt, Owner of Lizzards Art Gallery & Framing.

Built by architect George Wirth in 1886, this brownstone Romanesque Revival started as a pharmacy.

“So that was the beginnings of this retail space, was a pharmacy and then his living quarters were upstairs,” said Schmidt.

It was a popular style sweeping Duluth in the late 1800s.

“That was kind of a bustling time for downtown Duluth and many of the brownstones and brick buildings were just being built at that time,” said Schmidt.

It’s been home to many things throughout the years, like a restaurant and an antique store.

Now, it’s keeping true to the artistry it was built with.

“I think buildings like this are a work of art in themselves,” said Schmidt, “it’s just a gem of Duluth’s past.”

Lizzards Art Gallery & Framing features local artists and Schmidt says there’s a connection between the two arts.

“When I started taking architecture classes, a lot of them were based on artwork and drawing and ideas and design. I think artists can appreciate that,” said Schmidt.

Now, those ideas and designs are apparent outside and in.

“I think visitors that come to Duluth really see how well Duluth has taken care of its old buildings and it should be a sense of pride for the community as a whole,” said Schmidt.

Lizzards Art Gallery & Framing is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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