$3.5 Million in Restoration Complete at Glensheen

Glensheen Completes Millions in Restoration Work

The number one house museum in MN, just got substantially better.

In the past year, Glensheen not only opened a new room in the mansion and began to offer new tours, but during all of this we completed $3.5 million in restoration to the grounds.

This is the largest project that has happened at Glensheen since it opened to the public in 1979.

To put it another way, in Glensheen’s 36 years of operation, the mansion has never looked more like it did in 1910 than it does now.

What is this restoration?

Our biggest change is the front of the mansion.

For the first time to the public, the front of Glensheen looks like it was meant to in 1910.

We have remade the formal approach road, which includes the 25 ft tall Serpentine Wall and the Vermont granite staircase leading to the West Trail System.

But more shocking is the new reveal of the front of the home.

As part of the restoration we reviewed the original plan for the estate from 1907 and matched the vegetation to fit that design.

In that design they arranged the vegetation to showcase the architecture of the mansion, while also creating a viewing path to see our iconic stone arch bridge.

This is the approach you were meant to see.

Which is why one of the best new photo locations at Glensheen is the front of the home.

You now get the same “wow factor” that a Congdon guest would have had a hundred years ago as the entered the home for the first time.

“If you thought Glensheen’s grounds were photo friendly before, wait till you see the changes that were made” Explains Glensheen Director, Dan Hartman.

Also, the overlook at the mouth of Tischer Creek was rebuilt after being washed away by the water event of 2012.

This is a great new location for small wedding ceremonies and photo-shoots.

Because of its proximity to Tischer Creek, it will also be used as a unique outdoor classroom space. Imagine a fly-fishing class with seating on a designated trout stream.

Or imagine, a painting class with Lake Superior on one side and Tischer Creek on the other.

In addition to these great new changes, come hear the lengths we took to be historically accurate.

All of the original Vermont Granite Caps and as many of the original bricks from the broken down walls were reused.

In the process we learned a whole new history to the estate. We have even more pride in those craftsmen from the 1900s.

The best example of this work is the Servants Courtyard.

Most of the brick is the original brick.

All the Vermont Granite is original. Even more spectacular is the re-bent, re-polished and re-painted original wrought iron gates.

These gates haven’t functioned for decades.

The small more decorative gate has never been in operation since tours began in 1979.

This portion was able to completed only because of some help from the City of Duluth’s Tourism Taxes. 

This project is a great partnership between the State of Minnesota, FEMA, Insurance, the University of Minnesota and the City of Duluth.

So come celebrate these new changes with us and see another new side to Glensheen. 

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