Yours for $150,000: Duluth church up for sale after bid to save it fails


It was built by the hands of Italian immigrants almost 90 years ago, but now a church in Duluth can be yours for $150,000 as officials do not consider it historic enough to be preserved.

St. Peter's Church, in the Observation Hill neighborhood of Duluth, closed in 2010 and its condition has deteriorated to the point that it would require $3.1 million in repairs to re-open, according to Northland's News Center.

One last attempt to save the church failed last month, when members of the city council declined to name it a historic local landmark – a move that would have prevented the building from being demolished, the news station notes.

But now, the property on West Third Street has been put up for sale by the St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish, which told the Duluth News Tribune it is hopeful someone will either want the building or the land it sits on.

The land could prove an attraction for would-be buyers, with a desirable location near Observation Park overlooking the harbor and Lake Superior, according to the real estate listing from Messina and Associates.

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota says the church is a Gothic-Romanesque-style, and that the stone walls are in "mostly sound condition." It closed in 2010 as the parish was unable to keep up with the cost of maintaining the building.

It was built between 1925 and 1927 by Italian laborers on behalf of the local immigrant population, who had been "ostracized" by native residents, the News Tribune notes.

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