Lutsen Lodge

Lutsen Lodge
Edwin Lundie
  • Architecture

Edwin Lundie (1886–1972), a St. Paul-based architect, is known for his unique contributions to Minnesota architecture. Although a Scotsman, Lundie’s design for the main lodge at Lutsen, a resort town along the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota, deploys his interpretation of Swedish style with a rough-hewn, pine timber structure painted a signature brick red. The aesthetic choice fits the cultural heritage of the lodge’s founders, Charles Axel Nelson and Anna Peterson, both émigrés from Sweden who traveled northward from Duluth to settle at the mouth of the Poplar River. The materials were sourced from the region and local craftsmen carved the wood details. The current lodge dates from 1952 when it was rebuilt after a devastating fire destroyed the original building.