History 1900-1920’sFannie Rose



Photo Courtesy of Duluth News Tribune

The Fannie Rose Building is nestled in Duluth’s historical downtown on Superior Street. This 1907 building is a beautiful structure that architects and entrepreneurs admire. The original foundation and slender cast iron columns that were installed as the building’s support system more than a century ago remain solid and strong. Throughout the building’s history, businesses changed hands, faces and names.

In 1907, the upper portion of the building was called the Grant Hotel. According to the proprietors, the hotel had more than 33 rooms that shared two full baths.  With claw-foot bathtubs and small square sinks, it was a crowded affair, yet well-established and successful.

In the 1920s, one of the lower store-fronts was owned by Gus Saites, who began the original Coney Island restaurant.  To this day, Coney Island serves a delicious breakfast and lunch menu, including the famous homemade chili hotdog that was introduced to Duluth in 1921.