February 24, 2016

Transitions: Lost—Minneapolis Star-Tribune Building

  • By: Katherine Flynn

In each Transitions section of Preservation magazine, we highlight places of local and national importance that have recently been restored, are currently threatened, have been saved from demolition or neglect, or have been lost. Here's one from Summer 2015.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune building prior to demolition

photo by: Matt Green/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

After a series of expansions during the 1940s and 1960s, the 1919 Minneapolis Star-Tribune building stretched the length of a city block on Portland Avenue. It housed newsroom operations of the Star-Tribune into the 21st century.

The paper’s publisher called the building “functionally obsolete” in 2013, and the city council approved its demolition to make way for a nearly two-block-long park that will eventually be close to the new Vikings football stadium, slated to open in July 2016. Limestone medallions from the building’s façade, which depict major industries of the upper Midwest, were salvaged and are being incorporated into the facades of nearby office buildings.

Katherine Flynn is a former assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores, and uncovering the stories behind historic places.


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