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DULUTH — From the road, Peter Gessel’s home seems to be like another, however nearing the door is one other story. The concrete driveway extends to a walkway suspended in air.

Gessel’s “floating” dwelling and its metal scaffolding helps are firmly planted in Duluth’s Congdon Park neighborhood.

Man standing inside house.

Proprietor Peter Gesell stands close to the Erickson Home’s kitchen Tuesday.

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The balcony juts out into the treetops, and the yard is made up of a rocky trench alongside the creek.

“The one garden is the boulevard, and as you may see I don’t mow that ever,” Gessel mentioned.

Gessel’s dwelling, listed on the market at $750,000, can be featured within the Duluth Preservation Alliance’s historic properties tour on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Deck on the backside of a house.

Mountain ash timber develop close to the deck on the Erickson Home, suspended 25 ft above the creek mattress.

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House built over a creek.

A piece of the Erickson Home is constructed instantly over a creek.

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Publish-WWII America noticed loads of change, which was mirrored in its home structure, mentioned Blake Romenesko of the Duluth Preservation Alliance.

For Gessel, it’s a reminder of the house he grew up in. “I see myself extra as a caretaker, much less as an proprietor,” he mentioned.

Gessel purchased the home at 3328 E. Superior St. in 2005.

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom dwelling options vaulted ceilings, an indoor pool, pure woodwork, a hearth and oodles of built-ins, shag carpeting with carpets and vanities to match. The lobby’s vertical brick extends out to the outside wall.

Two-sided fireplace.

A two-sided fire within the Erickson Home.

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There’s an entertaining kitchen on the primary flooring with a sink, range and mini-fridge. The bigger kitchen is in a facet room with a full-size fridge.

The one set of stairs within the one-level dwelling results in the pool surrounded by inexperienced carpeting. Gesell mentioned it hasn’t been stuffed since he purchased it.

Indoor pool.

The Erickson Home features a pool under the storage.

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Requested about any quirks residing above a creek, Gessel recalled the 2012 flood.

A metal light fixture

The sunshine within the Erickson Home’s entryway is contained in a steel orb.

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“It got here down Superior Avenue, got here up on the driveway and either side of the home,” he mentioned. Whereas the water didn’t infiltrate the house or storage, Gessel mentioned, “If you happen to had fallen into the creek, you’ll’ve been washed into Lake Superior.”

Lewis Erickson designed and constructed the home on “stilts” for his spouse, Gwendolyn, whose early polio analysis affected her legs.

With this in thoughts, Erickson, an expert engineer, geared up their dwelling with a one-level, open flooring plan.

On the time of its completion, the estimated worth of the constructing was $45,000, in line with the Duluth Preservation Alliance.

The home was bought by the point Lewis’ grandson, Brad, was born, however it’s nonetheless extremely regarded within the household. “It’s fairly wonderful it withstood all these years,” he mentioned. “Driving by on Superior Avenue, you’d by no means realize it’s on stilts.”

Man in a belt massager.

Peter Gesell demonstrates {that a} classic vibrating belt massager in the home’s pool room works Tuesday.

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Grand piano.

A grand piano stands in a nook of the Erickson Home’s lounge.

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