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Preserve Minneapolis
Preserve MinneapolisSunday, September 24th, 2017 at 8:19am
Did you take a guess on our Where Are We Wednesday post? For those who guessed old Fire Station #27 at 46th and Nicollet, you are correct! Minneapolis has many great old fire stations that have been repurposed for other uses including a boxing gym, theater, and residence.

Check out The Extra Alarm Association of the Twin Cities at for more information on former stations in Minneapolis.


It was opened as a one-stall station on May 1, 1913.
There were two temporary stations prior to it being opened in 1913, one at 42nd and Lyndale that opened on Dec 2, 1895, and another at 4305 Harriet that opened on Aug 20, 1907. Before 1934 that station only had one fire apparatus with 5-6 firefighters. In 1934 they got a second rig with 3-4 more firefighters. On November 19, 1952, the second apparatus bay was added to the station. The station closed its doors on May 10, 1993, when new Station 27 was opened at 5410 Nicollet Avenue.

Information Provided by Steve Skaar from The Extra Alarm Association of Twin Cities.


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Preserve MinneapolisThursday, September 21st, 2017 at 7:51am
The sun is shining and it's time for another round of Where Are We Wednesday! What could be better?! ☀️Where would you find this red light?

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Preserve MinneapolisSunday, September 17th, 2017 at 12:19pm
In the building’s early years, soot from an adjacent heating plant smudged the exterior into the Pillsbury Hall that was familiar to generations of Gophers: a glowering, blackened fortress. In 1985, the grime was scrubbed away, revealing the building’s long forgotten beauty.
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Preserve MinneapolisSaturday, September 16th, 2017 at 10:08am
To those who guessed correctly: may your underwear always be itch-free 😉 We're at the IMS Building! #WhereWereWeWednesday
Originally constructed between 1905 and 1915, what we know today as the International Market Square was originally home to the Northwestern Knitting Company. The textile manufacturer was backed by the likes of Charles Pillsbury, Thomas Lowry, and Clinton Morrison. In 1891 Northwestern Knitting's founder George Munsing developed a way to make the "union suit" more comfortable. The smash success revolutionized the garment industry and established Minnesota as a textile powerhouse.
Northwestern changed their name to Munsingwear in 1919, and operated at the facility until 1981. In 1983 the complex was added to the National Register of Historic Places, in part due to its early utilization of engineer C.A.P. Turner's patented concrete columns with a mushroom shape on top, as well as the fact that the oldest buildings along Glenwood Avenue, were the city's first to be constructed using reinforced concrete.
In 1985 the property became Minnesota's largest adaptive reuse project when it was converted into the International Market Square, home to over 100 offices, shops, and showrooms, as well as condominiums added in 2005.
Preserve Minneapolis is excited to announce that we are the newest tenant of the building, and will be able to use space here for storage of our files and materials as we continue to grow. Although we do not yet have paid staff to assist you on site, our volunteers are always available to connect via email, Facebook, or right here on Instagram ☺️
#mpls #minneapolis #northwesternknittingcompany #munsingwear #minneapolishistory #preservempls #adaptivereuse #thisplacematters #imsbuilding @ International Market Square - Minneapolis Design Center