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East and Central Hillside Neighborhoods

Central Hillside is directly uphill from downtown and was part of the original townsite of Duluth in 1857. Its boundaries are Lake Superior to the south, Central Entrance to the north, Mesaba Avenue on the west and 7th Avenue on the east.

East Hillside was originally part of the town of Portland, incorporated in 1856, and consolidated as part of Duluth in 1868. East Hillside is defined by Lake Superior to the south, Skyline Parkway to the north, between 6th and 15th Avenues East. Many historic buildings from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s have been preserved and renovated in both neighborhoods, including a number on the National Register of Historic Places, e.g. Kitchi Gammi Club and the old Central High School (now the school district’s administrative headquarters).

The Hillside is known for its view of Lake Superior and the harbor and many beautiful parks. Close to the University of Minnesota Duluth and the College of St. Scholastica, the Hillside is primarily residential with commercial districts located along 4th Street, 6th Ave. East and E. Superior and London Road. The medical district includes St. Luke’s on London Road between 1st and 2nd Street, and Essentia on 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Streets.

At Home Coordinating Agency for East and Central Hillside:

One Roof Community Housing
12 E. 4th Street
Duluth, MN 55805

See what else is going on in the Hillsides!

The Hillsider (community newspaper)

Campus Neighbors (link)

Grant Nettleton Community School Collaborative (link)

Hillside Public Orchard (Facebook)

East Hillside Community Club: Meets the first Tuesday of each month at  6:30 PM at the Grant Community Recreation Center (901 E 11th St). Contact Mona Cheslak, President: (218) 724-1193 or

Mind 2 Mind is a free program providing quality youth development opportunities, focusing on areas of academic achievement, social and life skill development, health and wellness, and advocacy. Mind 2 Mind is for the youth who live in the East Hillside and Endion neighborhoods and their families. For more information call 218-727-4287 or email