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Park Avenue Trois!!! September 16, 2012

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Shareology went on her third tour of Park Avenue in Minneapolis, thinking there was nothing left to blog…. (For prior posts, search on Park Avenue in the Search box to your right.)

Turns out the pics were just too much fun not to share!!

Find out more at:  www.preserveminneapolis.org

Kay Roseland  @KayLoire

 

Park Avenue: Part Deux!!! August 12, 2012

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About two years ago, Shareology took a wonderful tour of Park Avenue; at the bottom of this post there is a link to that tour of Queen Annes and Victorians.

Here’s what the tour organizer had to say about this year’s tour of mansions on lower Park Avenue in Minneapolis:

“Originally designed to be a stylish promenade of large urban estates offering oversized lots, wide boulevards, and generous setbacks, at the turn of the last century Park Avenue was ranked as one of Minneapolis’s most prestigious residential streets. The city’s business and social elite—many of whom were magnates in the then booming lumber and flour milling industries—commissioned top architects to design 35 of the city’s most opulent mansions along the 10-block “Golden Mile” between 18th and 28th Streets. By the end of the 1960s, “urban renewal,” in the form of demolition, had claimed 27 of them. Experience the remaining eight mansions up close—including some interiors—and discover those that have been lost through historic photographs and information about their famous first occupants.”

The sad thing is that only eight of these jewels are left.  However, we did tour the outside of the eight ghosts, and actually got inside two of the remaining eight.  We’re of to have fun!!

First, let’s introduce our guides, themselves residents of Park Avenue:   Ryan Knoke and Montana Scheff

Did I mention 500 people signed up for this tour, and that it was sold out?? The first house we toured the inside of was the Anson Brooks home at 2445 Park Avenue.  Shareology was too dazzled to take photos of the inside; however the outside is — Venetian Gothic!!!

The tour concentrated on houses between 23rd and 26th Streets on Park Avenue in Minnneapolis.  Average square footage in those days on the Avenue?  30,000!!!

Our last inside tour was of the former Cowles mansion:

For Park Avenue Part One, 2010, From Queen Anne to Classical Revivals:  Park Avenue    click here

For more wonderful tours of Minneapolis, see www.preserveminneapolis.org

Kay Roseland    @KayLoire

 

from Queen Anne to Classical Revivals: Park Avenue September 28, 2010

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Shareology loves architecture and house tours; she combined the two with a recent walking tour of Park Avenue in Minneapolis.  Ryan Knoke and Montana Scheff shared their research on this street filled with Queen Anne and Classical Revival houses.  Stick with Shareology and at the end I’ll let you know who to contact to buy your own slice of Minneapolis history!!  

sign-up as the rain slowly moves out of the area....

 

Tour guides and costumed tourists.....

 

in transition from one color to another

 

rare window design

 

moved to Park Avenue from downtown by oxcart

 

  

  

rich architectural detail on 3624 Park

 

OK, here’s the part I promised you:  want to buy a house on Park?  

This one just got listed:  

this could be your living room: minus the costumes.....

 

This could be your fireplace....

 

the lady in red has the listing

 

3724 Park could be your new old home!   Contact Connie Nompelis at Century 21 Luger Realty at connie.nompelis@century21luger.com;  

Click the following URL to see the listing:
http://matrix.northstarmls.com/de.asp?ID=8253250783
Shareology can guarantee you’ll be surrounded by neighbors who care!  

Kay Roseland    @KayLoire

 

 
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