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A fresh face at PAM

By: Chris Brown Community Action Assistant   Hello all! To those of you who have not met me at our events or spoken with me at the office, I am officially the newest addition to PAM! I graduated this past May from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a Bachelors of Science in […]

Treat the Cow Kindly

Note: This post appears courtesy of Nokohaha; you can find the original post here. We appreciate the continued support and encourage you to visit their website. 2013 and 1920 Haecker Hall on the Saint Paul Campus was named for the father of Minesota’s Dairy Coops, Theopjilus Haeker. The renaissance revival building designed by Clarence Johnston was […]

Lost Landmark: The New Grand / New Lyric Theatre

Note: This post appears courtesy of Zenith City Online. We thank them for their continued support. The New Grand Theatre photographed between 1914 and 1922. (Image: Duluth Public Library) Mose and Barney Cook’s New Grand Theatre opened at 213 West Superior Street on August 20, 1914, to praise from the Duluth Herald, which called the […]

BonSyde: On Death Row


Chances are you’ve heard the news out of Wayzata: the Dayton-Burnet Home, Romaldo Giurgola’s mathematical masterpiece straight out of the Modernist Era, has been slated for demolition with approval granted by the City. The new owner plans on replacing the home with another, larger, home after the current structure has been razed. The rest of […]

Recalling History Through Its Sights and Sounds


Photo courtesy of the Minnesota State Band If you’re an avid music lover and have a high interest in history, you’re going to want to take a trip to southern Minnesota, August 1-4, for the Vintage Band Festival as it relives the sights and sounds of past eras in a variety of genres, heritage influences and […]

Places of Interest: Adsit Block and the Benefits of a National Historic District

In case you haven’t noticed, here at the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, we’ve been very busy these past few months with the launch of two of our new programs, Sites Worth Saving and Places of Interest. These programs were developed to provide more direct, hands-on-assistance to preservation projects across the state. Stay tuned to our […]

WPA Riots

Note: This piece was reposted with permission from the author. Check out the original post here. When employees of the Work Projects Administration (WPA) showed up for work on the morning of July 5, 1939, they found bulletin board notices announcing a reduction in hourly wages and an increase in the number of required work […]

Frank B. Semple’s Mansion Then and Now

The Semple Mansion on Franklin in 1910 and 2012   Frank Semple, was a partner in a wildly successful wholesale hardware firm. Janney Semple and Company, began on the Mississippi riverfront in 1866 and operated under different names until it was acquired by a national retailer in 1960. Framk and his wife Anne built this […]

Lost Landmark: The 1883 St Louis County Courthouse

  Note: This post appears on our blog courtesy of Lost Zenith.   The 1883 St. Louis County Courthouse, built as a temporary home for the court, but was used for almost 30 years. As you may have read, these past weeks Maryanne Norton and I have been digging up history on today’sShel/Don Building, whose […]

Duluth’s Most Endangered Buildings, Part 3: Temple Opera Block

Note: This post appears on our blog courtesy of Lost Zenith. In light of May’s status as “Preservation Month,” we want to introduce you to some Duluth buildings whose futures are currently in jeopardy. This is the third installment in the series. Parts 1, 2, 4, and 5 include the Minnesota Point Lighthouse Ruins, the […]