David L. Andersen (BA 1974 / MArch 1977 Architecture), AIA, of Minneapolis, has been named architect for the redevelopment of the Historic Duluth National Guard Armory. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the iconic structure celebrates its 100th anniversary this month. It is known for the many celebrities who have appeared there, including Charlie Chaplin, Bob Hope, Doris Day, Amelia Earhart, Harry Truman, Johnny Cash and countless others. Musician Bob Dylan credits the Armory as the place where he, as a young high school student, was inspired by by Buddy Holly to pursue a musical career.
The mixed-use redevelopment will include retail, offices, restaurants and a brew pub, along with a nonprofit art center, a celebrity tribute museum, a "Hall of Heroes" military museum, artist galleries, a recording studio and an entertainment venue. Structured parking is also planned. On the adjacent property, Andersen's plan calls for an apartment building which will offer spectacular views of Lake Superior, Duluth Harbor and the City Rose Garden. Groundbreaking is scheduled for 2016.