The historic Terrace Theater, as it looked in the winter of 2003.

Contribute now to help Friends of the Terrace

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota has advocated for the preservation of the Terrace Theater since 2003, when this historic Modernist theater in Robbinsdale was included in our 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list.

After allowing the theater building to stand vacant for 17 years, the real estate holding company that owns the building proposed selling the site for development of a Hy-Vee grocery store. After a few dramatic twists and turns, including a withdrawn proposal from Hy-Vee, a group called Friends of the Terrace was formed to try to save the Terrace Theater building by filing of a lawsuit under the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act (MERA). The theater building had been determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Although the Friends did not prevail in their legal case and the Terrace Theater was lost in early October 2016, the work of these citizen activists is to be commended. The Friends of the Terrace, and other like-minded groups that were formed on behalf of this landmark property, were successful in raising awareness of the architectural and historical value of this site, and in promoting the potential for preservation. They also cast a spotlight on the local development process – which is often biased against preservation.

PAM had agreed to serve as the Fiscal Sponsor for Friends of the Terrace at the time the lawsuit was filed, and is still serving in that role. Tax-deductible contributions made to PAM on the Friends behalf will go towards retiring the group’s outstanding legal expenses.

To learn more about the Friends of the Terrace, visit their website or Facebook page.

Click HERE to donate now!

Thanks for your support.