This event is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Duluth, Glensheen Historic Estate and co-sponsored by AIA Northern Minnesota Chapter and ASLA Minnesota.

Come see why Glensheen Mansion, perched on the shore of Lake Superior, is the most visited historic home in Minnesota. This 7‐acre estate features gardens, bridges, and the famous 39‐room mansion built with remarkable 20th century craftsmanship, tells the story of the Duluth region.


Continuing Education

This program and tour meets the AIA/CES criteria and qualifies for 4.0 HSW LU Hours.  Attend and understand the context, planning, design and implementation of preservation and restoration of the historic Chester and Clara Congdon Estate, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.


Learning objectives:

  1. Illuminate the unique sustainable processes employed in the estate’s original design and how the estate was designed to address the physical and cultural needs of Congdon family, as well as, its outreach to the greater community. Participants will be able to understand how the application of sustainable practices influenced the site’s context in relation to historic architectural and landscape design in order to be positioned to integrate sustainability into the treatment of historic properties.
  2. Illustrate the architectural, engineering planning and historic designed landscape elements of the estate. Participants will become familiar with the work of the master architect (Clarence H. Johnston, Sr.) and pioneer landscape architects (Charles W. Leavitt/Anthony Morell/Arthur Nichols) to be able to incorporate historic cultural resource practices into their own projects.
  3. Describe navigating the project through review and compliance for both federal and state preservation laws with the state historic preservation office (SHPO). Participants will be able to be familiar with historic property preservation review processes, as well as, gain an understanding of what comprises a Cultural Landscape Report (components, field techniques) and consider the benefits of a CL report towards the management, preservation and development of historic properties.
  4. Identify project delivery issues related to working on a designated historic property that is open for public tours, including permitting and site safety practices employed to keep employees, staff and public out of harm’s way. Participants will be able to appreciate the unique challenges in delivering preservation and restoration work on a historic property governed by multiple city, state and federal authorities having jurisdiction.

Presentation and Tour Guides


Daniel F Hartman, Glensheen Director, UMD College of Liberal Arts Administration
Charlene Roise, Historian, Hess, Roise and Company
Jean Garbarini, ASLA, Landscape Architect, Damon Farber Associates
Charles Liddy, FAIA, Principal, Miller Dunwiddie Architects
Melissa M. Christenson Ekman, AIA, NCARB, Project Architect, Miller Dunwiddie Architects
Mike Dosan, Jr., Senior Project Manager|Preconstruction Services, Kraus‐Anderson Construction

Coordinated by:
James Litsheim, AIA, Project Manager, Capital Planning & Project Management University of Minnesota

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