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Exterior Obsession: Historic Minnesota Part II

By Linsibrownson @CleverSpark

Last Friday I highlighted some beautiful historic homes in Minnesota.  Later that day I spent some time roaming downtown Minneapolis and decided it just wouldn’t be right to skip the subject of commercial buildings of the area.

Lumber Exchange Building Minneapolis 1885

I love these triangular buildings, so perfectly designed for the mid-western metropolis…This is the Lumber Exchange built in 1885.

Lumber Exchange Building Entrance Minneapolis 1885

It’s got the classic brick facade with a double story arched entrance and revolving door.

Hennepin Center for the Arts Masonic Temple Minneapolis

Another arched entrance, this one a lot more Italianate in style. This building currently houses the Hennepin Center for the Arts but was originally a Masonic Temple built in 1888.

One of my favorites (mostly due to the memories, and the interior) is The Orpheum Theatre.  This building was constructed a little later, 1921, which is why the sign has a distinctly Deco feel to it.

Orpheum Theatre Sign Minneapolis

When the theatre opened it looked like this.

Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis 1921

image courtesy of grossmanproject.net

A few other places that I didn’t get shots of, but are worth mention

SOO Line Building Minneapolis

image from WikiMedia.org

The SOO Line Building, built 1915.  My favorite part of the building is the clock.

SOO Line Building Clock Minneapolis

image courtesy of skywayoflove.blogspot.com

City Hall was finished in 1905

Minneapolis City Hall Building 1905

image courtesy of flickriver.com

And last but not least, the Gluek Beer Building from 1902.

Minneapolis Gluek Building 1902

image from flickr.com getfitmpl

Hope you enjoyed your historic tour on downtown Minneapolis.  For more information on these or any other landmarks in the area visit Heritage Landmarks.  Happy Friday.

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