Preserving Inspirational History in Minneapolis

by Lisa Stewart 13 Jun 2015

As a child in Minneapolis I was awed by a beautiful art deco Manhattan style building across the street from the Swedish Institute on Park Avenue. The six story structure, designed by Martin Lindquist, was state of the art when its construction began in the late Roaring Twenties. Dedicated developers persevered during the great Depression to see the tower completed. Thankfully, the homeowners living there today are committed to preserving the quality, character and history of this unique cooperative complex.

In a recent trip to Minnesota I finally had a chance to tour this architectural wonder. The grand lobby and foyer still feature gleaming terrazzo floors, original walnut paneling, art deco woodcuts and intricately detailed carvings. Along with original light fixtures, the lobby is furnished with beautiful antiques and oriental rugs. The elevators, library and underground parking garage have also been meticulously maintained with many original details.  Thanks to the passionate homeowners this gem of a building will be treasured for years to come. Who knows, it may even inspire other budding architects and designers just like it did me!

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh NC.