1891 Map Shows Several Buildings Still Here
We came across the reproduction of an 1891 Minneapolis map online, and were most interested in the lower right corner where a portion of what we now know as the North Loop is featured.
See how many buildings you recognize from 130 years ago, then we’ll offer some help below.
Favorite part of this map? Seeing the streetcar tracks coming and going from Colonial Warehouse. It was built to be the headquarters of what was then a horse-drawn streetcar system.
Unfortunately, this map only shows a small section of the North Loop, but of the part we can see, we were able to identify 25 buildings that are still standing. See the legend below, with names of businesses we now know them for.
- ALTR/Spaces 121-123 Washington Ave N, built 1887
- Bonobos/Upstairs Circus 125-129 Washington Ave N, 1877
- Requisite, 211 Washington Ave N, 1882
- MitreBox Framing, 213 Washington Ave N, 1877
- Underground Music Cafe, other warehouses 1884, 1885
- ArtSpace, Jeromeo, James & Mary Laurie Booksellers, 1886
- Colonial Warehouse: Statement Boutique, MartinPatrick3 etc., 200-218 3rd Ave N, 1885
- Love Your Melon, North Loop Wine & Spirits, 300-312 Washington Ave N, 1865
- InVision, Edwards, 200-204 Washington Ave N, 1879
- Billy Sushi, 120 1st Ave N, 1884
- Truce Juice, 116 1st Ave N, 1887
- Kado no Mise, Sanjusan restaurants, 30 1st St N, 1888
- Aria, 100 1st St N, 1889
- Former Alliance Francais, 113 1st St N, 1885
- Former JetSet bar, 115 1st St N, 1883
- Commutator, 125 1st St N, 1884
- Foster House, 100 1st St N, 1882
- Pop Ink, other office tenants, 124 1st St N, 1884
- International Design, Montaggio, others 11 2nd Ave N, 1890
- Former Bachelor Farmer, 200 1st St N, 1881
- Askov Finlayson, 204 1st St N, 1888
- Ribnick, 224 1st St N, 1884
- Fairgrounds Coffee, Stilheart Distillery, others, 116 3rd Ave N, 1888
- Muse, 107 3rd Ave N, 1889
- Mulberry’s, Parc, Houser, 212 2nd St N, 1885
If the map was expanded to the north and west, you would have also seen these buildings 130 years ago: Part of the FreightYard Townhomes (1880), The Itasca warehouses (1886), Cuzzy’s (looking MUCH different 1889), Bunkers (1890) and MN Opera (1891)
For several more pages of neighborhood history, explore more of our Historic North Loop section.
By Mike Binkley, North Loop Neighborhood volunteer