Opening fall 2023

Duluth Landmark Living

Old Historic Central High School is becoming Zenith DCHS apartments

Construction has begun to transform this 128-year-old building into 122 mixed-income modern apartments.

The exterior of the building will largely remain the same with some minor improvements being made. However, the interior will see a significant amount of work­—preserving and recreating design elements of the original school made for apartment living.

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Reimagining a cherished Duluth Landmark

Constructed in 1892, Duluth Central High School was home to students until 1971 when the new Central High School was built. Since then the building has been used by the school district, Education Equity, Indian Education, Unity High School and the St. Louis County Soil & Water District.

In October 2020, the Duluth School Board approved a purchase agreement with Saturday Properties. The information provided on this site is for public awareness of the project’s inital planning phase. If there are any questions, read our FAQ below or feel free to contact us at

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Initial schematic

Scroll down to view each level

Lower Level

Communal Garage | Mudroom

messy / muddy / informal / utilitarian

design approach

Vintage Athletic Club
Varsity Room
Trophy Hall

first level


welcoming / semi-formal / balanced

design approach

Main Hall
Lake Superior Lounge
Hierarchy and Orienting

Second level


social / brewery-vibes / daylight

design approach

Upscale Sports Bar

Third level


quiet to semi-social

design approach

Cigar Lounge

Latest updates

Public Meetings

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
5:00pm to 6:30pm

Historic Old Central Redevelopment Meeting

Once you click the button below, you’ll need to fill in your name and email address before clicking “Join Now” to be let into the meeting. You do not need an event password.

Please note that you cannot join the meeting until it starts at the designated time.

Latest News


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Developer Seeks to Turn Duluth's Historic Old Central High School Into Apartments


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Frequently Asked Questions

Will these be condominiums or apartments?

All of the new housing will be for-rent apartments.

How many apartments will be in the project?

122 Apartments

Will there be any affordable apartments?

We are currently expecting 10% of the apartments to have their rents restricted to households at 60% of Area Median Income.

When will construction start?

Construction will begin Summer of 2021.

When will the apartments open for move-ins?

Construction will finish and residents will being moving into Zenith in Fall 2023.

Where will the residents park?

There are several surface lots adjacent to Zenith that are reserved for resident parking.

How can I learn more about the project?

Check out the Latest Updates section for current project information. Please get on our mailing list to receive updates.

What if I have more questions?

Please send us an email to

Will there be an opportunity to ask questions directly to the redevelopment team?

Yes! We will have several open houses via Zoom in the coming months to provide project updates and field questions.  Please leave your email address so we can be sure to include you on those invitations.

Who will manage the apartments?

Saturday Properties will be the onsite property management company.

Will the clock and bells continue to be lit up and ring?

Yes!  The new owners will continue to maintain these key historic components.

How much will the building change?

The new owners will be utilizing historic tax credits to help with the costs of repairs and upgrades.  This requires an extensive review by the State Historic Preservation Office and National Park Service to ensure the building maintains the look and feel over time.