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Duluth's Most Unique Apartments, Bar None

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Leijona: Finnish (Noun); Lion

Leijona sets a new bar for urban living in Duluth. Located in the center of downtown, Leijona offers 33 newly redeveloped boutique apartment units, with brand new fixtures in a restored historic building. Formerly the St. Louis County Jail, Leijona has been redeveloped to recreate this iconic local landmark, opening soon to its very first new residents.

Excellent Location

In the heart of downtown Duluth, Leijona offers perfect access to work, play, and downtown living. Walking distance to Lake Superior, and just steps from entertainment, employment, and retail options, Leijona offers you an oasis in the center of it all.

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Leijona offers 33 unique units, each with a story that has been restored for your next story. Leijona has all new fixtures and appliances, lake views, on-site storage and parking, fully operable windows, and historic spaces with unmatchable character. With only 33 apartments, claim your spot today and don’t miss out!

From Jailhouse to Your House

Before transforming into boutique apartments, the four walls of Leijona told a much different story. Constructed in 1924 and connected by tunnel to the courthouse, the building was the St. Louis County Jail. Included on the National Register of Historic Places, your future home is part of Duluth history.


Designed by local architects Abraham Holstead & William J. Sullivan, built by the Jacobsen Brothers, and based on the vision of the internationally renowned architect Daniel Burnham, the original design of the building embodied the Neoclassical Revival style and the City Beautiful movement -- which sought to diminish social issues while increasing civic engagement through urban design.


While modernized and transformed to fit its new role, you can still find original architectural elements from the building’s jailhouse days at every turn: sculptured granite details, decorative plaster ceilings, terrazzo floors, stone trim – and just a few steel bars and cell doors.


Originally composed of 93 cells that held up the original concrete floors, the building was constructed of 280 tons of steel with a carved granite exterior by the Rockville Granite Company of Sterns County. The cell structures were daringly combined and transformed into unforgettable living units with completely restored large windows, all new fixtures, and views to Lake Superior. It’s these bones from the building’s 1924 development along with its rich history that makes living at Leijona a unique and unparalleled experience.

"Make no little plans. They have no magic … and probably will not themselves be realized.”
- Daniel Burnham, 1909
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