Jun 22, 2021 - Real Estate

Travel back in time with drone tour of Duluth's Glensheen mansion

The exterior of Duluth's historic Glensheen mansion, captured by drone video.
A screenshot of the Glensheen mansion in Duluth, courtesy of JayByrdFilms' video

The drone videographer behind the viral flythrough of Minneapolis' Bryant Lake Bowl is back with a tour of Duluth's historic Glensheen mansion.

Background: The 20,000-square-foot mansion on the North Shore of Lake Superior was completed in 1908, and now operates as a museum run by the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

What they did: Piloted by Jay Christensen of JayByrdFilms and directed by Anthony Jaska, the drone soars through the 39-room mansion in a two-minute unbroken shot.

  • UMD theater students play representations of the mansion's former live-in staff and the home's matriarch Clara Congdon, perfectly synchronizing with a narration of the estate.

Flashback: You might recognize the name from the Glensheen murders in 1977, when heiress Elizabeth Congdon and her night nurse were killed by Congdon's adopted daughter and her husband.

Our take: The haunting music behind the narrator's historical walkthrough gives it a slight "The Shining" vibe, in the best way.

Go deeper: Watch the video on JayByrdFilms' YouTube channel.

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