More interesting news from the owners of Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth. Last Friday they won a bid for the historic Endion Station in Canal Park for $300,000. The building is a stone’s throw from Lake Superior, directly off of the Lakewalk in Canal Park.
The owners of Fitger’s Brewhouse are hardly strangers to branching out – they’ve also created Burrito Union, the Red Star nightclub, Fitger’s Brewhouse Beer Store and Tycoons Alehouse. For their work with the latter, they won the 2012 “Adaptive Reuse” award from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota for their conversion of Duluth’s old city hall on Superior Street.
The building (its name means my, your or his home in Ojibwe) was built as a train station in 1899 and moved to the Lakewalk in the 80s. Tony Dierckins, the publisher of local history site Zenith City Online, says the station is unique.
“We used to have dozens of railroad depots all over town,” Dierckins says. “It’s one of only two that are left.”
Like Tycoons Alehouse and the Fitger’s building, the Endion Station is built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. It’s made of Kettle River sandstone and even though it was a humble passenger depot, it was carefully designed to look its best.
Future plans for the space have yet to be revealed, though beer will be a given part of the project.