Rich in History and Architecture
Built in 1908 by Joseph Cotton, the Cotton Mansion is a 16,000 square foot Italian Renaissance mansion with an incredible array of hand-carved stone, exotic woods, Fifteenth Century Italian marbles, beautiful mosaics and hand-carved plaster frieze ceilings.
Experience the lifestyle of one of Duluth’s great historic figures, Joseph Cotton, Corporate attorney for US Steel (1901-1908) and independent council for John D Rockefeller through 1935. Cotton enjoyed a unique relationship with US Presidents, which included being chosen by Teddy Roosevelt to give his second nominating speech at the 1904 Republic Convention in Chicago. Relive the Era!
Relax in front of the massive Alabaster fireplace in comfortable furniture with a cup of coffee or a late afternoon glass of wine. This room boasts 15 ft. high beamed ceilings, original wall sconces and Russian Circasian White Oak Floors, a Grand Piano, and Chess Nook. Challenge your partner to a game!
Let your imagination take you back in time in Joseph Cotton’s Library and law office where the legal roots of Duluth’s iron ore industry and US Steel were forged. This impressive room features a magnificient black marble fireplace, leather furniture, and black fumed woodwork. Books and artwork are for your enjoyment.
- Your breakfast will be served on the mansion’s formal, hand-carved mahogany Dining Room set that has been restored to its original beauty. Sense the warm elegance of the original imported silk wall covering and the rare decorative plaster ceiling which reflects an era of architectural creativity that is unparalleled.
Refreshments – Evening wine and cheese service available from 4-6PM every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Step outside to the spacious veranda which stretches the entire width of the mansion and features stately pillar columns. Relax with a good book, a glass of wine or morning coffee while enjoying an intimate conversation.
Afternoon sunshine and fresh greenery awaits you in this delightful room featuring a hand-carved five-stone lion head fireplace. Grab a good book…you’ll want to linger here.
The spacious entryway boasts a hand-carved grand stairway leading to the second floor guestrooms and features a four-story high stained-glass atrium dome in the center that sheds sunlight down to the first floor.