Last week I decided to get to know part of the neighborhood a little better. I'd had surgery the previous week, and the chosen day promised to be the hottest in four years. This would be my shortest urban hike, ever.
I walked from our home to the 1925 Elizabeth C. Quinlan House (pictured above). Quinlan operated a successful department store in the Young-Quinlan Building, a gracious structure that still adds heart to downtown Minneapolis.
Across the street, the 1895 A. D. Arundel House tries to make a grand statement with its Classical Revival colonnade.
superintendent of the Minnesota Iron and Steel Works. Thomas Lowry, the early developer of Lowry Hill, was a major investor in the steel works.
Down the hill, two houses, now commercial spaces, bookend the mid-century modern First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis.
|1894 Frank Long House (Now Groveland Gallery).|
|1894 William Nott House (Now Kodet Architectural Group).|
Both houses were designed by the architectural firm, (Frank) Long and Kees. The firm designed many prominent Minneapolis buildings still standing today, including Minneapolis City Hall and the Lumber Exchange Building.
William Nott created his wealth manufacturing leather drive belts for the grain mills that were popping up at the time.
Across the street from these houses, The Walker Art Center dominates the skyline. I went there next in pursuit of coolness.
Back outside in the heat, I started to head back towards home.
Thomas Lowry Park is a rather fine pocket park with a stream running through it. Until recently the water was piped from the Mississippi, but today the stream depends on a recirculating pump.
A couple more houses and I would be back home in air conditioning.
The 1905 John Lind House was built by a former Minnesota governor. After completing his term of governor in 1900, Lind walked over to the offices of the St. Paul DIspatch and punched the managing editor in the face.
Wold-Chamberlain Field, better known as Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, honors two World War I pilots who died in action: Ernest Wold and Cyrus Chamberlain. I'll think about them next time I pass through MSP.