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Old December 9th, 2015, 05:18 AM   #1
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Twin Cities Then & Now Photos

Reminiscence of Days Bygone

1960s




today from roughly the same angle


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Old December 9th, 2015, 05:25 AM   #2
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Downtown Minneapolis almost appears to be "bigger" in the 60s than it does now. Look at the impressive density of buildings then! A lot of those razed beauties are still parking lots to this day.
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We lost a great deal of historic midrises and highrises. The bigger, grander ones ( hence more expensive to maintain) were first to go...

The warehouse district wasn't always the "plateau" it is today.


itasca rooftop by minneapolisguy, on Flickr
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Someone on Flickr created striking then and now photo montage of Minneapolis. What immediately jumps out at you is the relative abundance of street signage then

Nicollet Mall - Then and Now by Thomas Smith, on Flickr

Nicollet Mall - Then and Now by Thomas Smith, on Flickr

Nicollet Mall - Then and Now by Thomas Smith, on Flickr

Hennepin Ave - Then and Now by Thomas Smith, on Flickr
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Hennepin Avenue 1908

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Farmers Market



Market House & Bridge Place. Old Hennepin bridge is seen in the distance
Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1886



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In the 1880s, Gale’s Market House offered farm produce at Bridge Square. Located at Hennepin Avenue and 1st Street, Bridge Square was the center of commerce and government in 19th century Minneapolis. Gale’s Market was a popular destination, not only for farm produce but also for the literary and musical entertainment in the hall over the market.
(Source: Hennepin County Public Library)





Potato Seller at City Market, early 1900s


Worker unloading cabbages while three girls watch, early 1900s

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tower on the right -what is it called and does it survive?
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http://i.imgur.com/98wPdyl.jpg
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Foshay Tower. The lavish tower was built by a local tycoon Wilbur Foshay just before the Great Depression in 1929. Foshay went broke shortly thereafter.

Nowadays it is home to the W Hotel and the swanky dress code Prohibition Bar. And on the 30th floor, there is an observation deck that gives you views like this:

Capella to Capella by Greg Lundgren, on Flickr
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That's the Foshay Tower, and yes, still there. It's one of the highlights of the Minneapolis skyline.
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Reminiscence of Days Bygone

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today from roughly the same angle


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What is the square box to the right of the Soo Line and in front of the Rand Tower? Is that the Powers building??
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just 510 Marquette before renovation. picture: http://apps.startribune.com/blogs/us...fedreserve.jpg

you can date the older photo very closely. Canadian Pacific Plaza (then the First Bank building) was finished in 1960, and the Metropolitan building came down in 1961.
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just 510 Marquette before renovation. picture: http://apps.startribune.com/blogs/us...fedreserve.jpg

you can date the older photo very closely. Canadian Pacific Plaza (then the First Bank building) was finished in 1960, and the Metropolitan building came down in 1961.
Here is the original size:

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...b66e595b96.jpg
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Rare footage tells a story of the skid row's colorful residents not long before the neighborhood was bulldozed

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Hennepin Avenue 1908

http://i.imgur.com/98wPdyl.jpg
Getting to see the West Hotel (picture behind the Masonic building) would have been awesome!

http://lileks.com/mpls/hotels/west/2.html

Look at that beautiful lobby:
http://lileks.com/mpls/hotels/west/5.html


I'm pretty sure Stanley's NE has old urinals from this place. They are MASSIVE.

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Aerial view of Gateway area 1960s



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I love this version of those two apartment towers:
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1970s vs 2010s



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What's the small tower infront with the flag on top? I'm only asking because I have a feeling that the architect of the Ameriprise center, definitely took it's design elements and gave it a modern twist.
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That building is at Stinson and Broadway and is now lofts.
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