The DPA presented its annual Preservation Awards May 15 at the Greysolen Plaza at 231 East Superior Street.
In just a year the owners scraped the outside cement and trim and painted to accent detailing, repaired a balcony and the driveway, replaced garage doors and landscaped. Inside they’ve removed mold, jacked up floors, removed broken radiators and installed a new heating system. They installed a 1st floor bath with period fixtures, and in the main bathroom they installed period-style flooring and wainscoting. In the kitchen they removed formica, uncovering original maple, repaired plaster, painted, and refinished floors throughout.
The Gresolon Plaza has been a city landmark since its beginning as the Hotel Duluth. In 1981 the building’s then owners were awarded a plaque for exterior amd interior restoration. This year an award plaque recognizes extensive interior restoration done by New London Corp, which leases the building’s Black Water Lounge, Geysolon Ballroom, Moorish Room and other spaces used for special events. Work done included repair of plaster ceilings and walls, restoration of murals, and repair and cleaning of light fixtures and chandeliers. Painting matched original hues, and wood and a marble floors were polished. The tops of windows were reopened, an arched window was uncovered, original plumbing was repaired, tapestries were uncovered and cleaned, and a bar was refurbished.
Letters of Recognition
Work done included exterior repairs and interior restoration including plaster repair throughout, installing salvaged cupboards and sinks, reopening the back door and rewiring light fixtures.
Recognized for sensitive entry and elevator addition using similar brick and complimentary windows.
Recognized for exterior tuck-pointing and interior plaster repair, cleaning and renewing stenciling, and varnishing pews.
Work done included exterior scraping and painting to accent details
Extensive interior restoration, including replicating a missing archway bookcase, restoring double hung windows, refinishing hardware and installing salvaged woodwork, a period-style bathroom, and arts & crafts kitchen cabinets.
Recognized for replacement of cottage style shake roof, replicating the original wavy pattern.