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Placeography is a wiki where you can share the history of and stories about a house, building, farmstead, public land, neighborhood or any place to which you have a personal connection. If you don't have a place to contribute, please enjoy learning about others.

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December's Featured Place
Metropolitan Building,308 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Built in 1890, demolished in 1961, The Northwestern Guaranty Loan building, was later known as The Metropolitan Building. The materials used were red granite from Superior, Minnesota and green limestone from New Hampshire. At twelve stories, it was the tallest building in Minneapolis. The building was designed for elegance and opulence with an open central "light court" with opaque glass floors and ornate wrought iron railings and elevator cages. The Metropolitan remained standing at the edge of the downtown Gateway District until December 1961 when it was demolished after a campaign to save it was lost at the Minnesota State Supreme Court. Architectural historian, Larry Millett, wrote about the destruction of The Metropolitan Building in his 1992 book, Lost Twin Cities. In November 2018 his book devoted to the building, Metropolitan Dreams, was published by the University of Minnesota Press.


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Old Highland

The area known today as the Old Highland Neighborhood was opened for settlement in 1857. During the period of the 1860s much of Old Highland was platted. A major growth of the Old Highland Neighborhood occurred during the 1880s and 1890s. This period saw large architecturally designed and contractor-built residences of distinctive period styles. The population was generally merchants who operated businesses along Washington, Plymouth, and West Broadway.


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