Thomas Lowry's Ghost

Apr 09


This watercolor from 1938 shows a proposal to elevate Lake Street as it runs along Lake Calhoun in front of the Calhoun Beach Club. If this plan had been realized, the intersection of Lake Street and Excelsior Boulevard would have become a highway cloverleaf, with high speed entrance and exit ramps.
The city never moved forward on this plan. Lake Street remained a ground level and was slowed by the installation of regular traffic lights. But I’m thinking that this never-realized plan might have still influenced the development of this area. Lake Street drives like a high-speed thruway. And the stretch shown here is one of the most dangerous areas in the city for pedestrians. In recent months, a woman was killed while she was trying to cross the road.
Watercolor from the Minneapolis City Archives, City Hall.

(image and text via The Historyapolis Project)

This watercolor from 1938 shows a proposal to elevate Lake Street as it runs along Lake Calhoun in front of the Calhoun Beach Club. If this plan had been realized, the intersection of Lake Street and Excelsior Boulevard would have become a highway cloverleaf, with high speed entrance and exit ramps.

The city never moved forward on this plan. Lake Street remained a ground level and was slowed by the installation of regular traffic lights. But I’m thinking that this never-realized plan might have still influenced the development of this area. Lake Street drives like a high-speed thruway. And the stretch shown here is one of the most dangerous areas in the city for pedestrians. In recent months, a woman was killed while she was trying to cross the road.

Watercolor from the Minneapolis City Archives, City Hall.

(image and text via The Historyapolis Project)

Apr 08

Carling Hotel and Restaurant. 2911 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis (1932)
(image via Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Photo Collection)

Carling Hotel and Restaurant. 2911 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis (1932)

(image via Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Photo Collection)

Apr 07

Office exercises at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, Minneapolis (1921)
(image via MHS Visual Resources Database)

Office exercises at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, Minneapolis (1921)

(image via MHS Visual Resources Database)

Apr 06

Walker Art Center. Lyndale Ave & Vineland Place, Minneapolis (ca. 1930)
(image via Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Photo Collection)

Walker Art Center. Lyndale Ave & Vineland Place, Minneapolis (ca. 1930)

(image via Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Photo Collection)

Apr 05

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Apr 04

The Continental Hotel, 12th St. & LaSalle Ave. Minneapolis  (1955)

The Continental Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the last remaining single room occupancy residential hotel of its type in Minneapolis.When Aeon purchased the deteriorating building, it was mostly unoccupied. The renovation was sparked by the 1991 City/County Task Force on Homelessness’ goal to produce 800 affordable homes to serve homeless individuals.

(image via MHS Visual Resources Database)

The Continental Hotel, 12th St. & LaSalle Ave. Minneapolis  (1955)

The Continental Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the last remaining single room occupancy residential hotel of its type in Minneapolis.

When Aeon purchased the deteriorating building, it was mostly unoccupied. The renovation was sparked by the 1991 City/County Task Force on Homelessness’ goal to produce 800 affordable homes to serve homeless individuals.

(image via MHS Visual Resources Database)

Apr 03

Giant mushroom found in Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, Minneapolis (1929)
(image via MHS Visual Resources Database)

Giant mushroom found in Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, Minneapolis (1929)

(image via MHS Visual Resources Database)

Apr 02

Checkers game in Minneapolis Millers clubhouse (1951)
(image via MHS Visual Resources Database)

Checkers game in Minneapolis Millers clubhouse (1951)

(image via MHS Visual Resources Database)

Apr 01


Curly’s Theater Cafe, 20 So. 5th Street.  Opened in 1933 where the Fifth Street Cash Market had been.  This strip joint brought in name acts over the years, but was often in trouble.  Curly was apparently Monroe “Curly” Shapiro, who was identified only as an employee in 1933 accounts, the owner being Nate Shapiro.  In 1937 it was called Curly’s Cabaret.  Most of the time Curley’s featured floor shows and local dance teams.  The place was under attack by Rev. Henry J. Soltar, vice crusader and head of the Minnesota Good Government League.  Thanks to him, Curly’s got its dance hall and tavern license revoked for having slot machines, but got them reinstated in 1940 with a new owner.  In the early 1940s pianist Bob Zurke played here after working at Mitch’s in Medota.  From time to time it also featured some Dixieland bands.  In the late 1940s it was “a very swinging place - it was so crowded you could hardly get to the bar.”  Curley’s featured jazz trios at the front bar.  In 1952 owner Meyer “Makey” Gordon was convicted of selling drinks after hours and shut down, whereupon he sold the place to Oscar Rubinsky. 

(photo and text via Twin Cities Music Highlights)

Curly’s Theater Cafe, 20 So. 5th Street.  Opened in 1933 where the Fifth Street Cash Market had been.  This strip joint brought in name acts over the years, but was often in trouble.  Curly was apparently Monroe “Curly” Shapiro, who was identified only as an employee in 1933 accounts, the owner being Nate Shapiro.  In 1937 it was called Curly’s Cabaret.  Most of the time Curley’s featured floor shows and local dance teams.  The place was under attack by Rev. Henry J. Soltar, vice crusader and head of the Minnesota Good Government League.  Thanks to him, Curly’s got its dance hall and tavern license revoked for having slot machines, but got them reinstated in 1940 with a new owner.  In the early 1940s pianist Bob Zurke played here after working at Mitch’s in Medota.  From time to time it also featured some Dixieland bands.  In the late 1940s it was “a very swinging place - it was so crowded you could hardly get to the bar.”  Curley’s featured jazz trios at the front bar.  In 1952 owner Meyer “Makey” Gordon was convicted of selling drinks after hours and shut down, whereupon he sold the place to Oscar Rubinsky.

(photo and text via Twin Cities Music Highlights)

Mar 31

Community Drugs, 1500 Nicollet. Minneapolis (1950)
(image via MHS Visual Resources Database)

Community Drugs, 1500 Nicollet. Minneapolis (1950)

(image via MHS Visual Resources Database)