The 'in' calendar for 2008
Minneapolis has a reputation for smashing old buildings in favor of new ones. Preserve Minneapolis is trying to change that. The new advocacy group and AIA Minnesota’s Historic Resources Committee have teamed up to produce a calendar celebrating the state's historic past. The calendar includes 12 images of historic buildings, many of the them in Minneapolis. The buildings include Minnesota Stoneware Company (later part of Red Wing Pottery), Fort Snelling, Mill City Museum, Christ Church Lutheran and the Band Box Diner. The Band Box, photographed by Brandon Stengel, is a personal favorite. The greasy burgers go down easy and the hipster vibe is huge. The owner struts around in a black "Grease for Peace" T-shirt and listens to music on KFAI or the Current.
Bob Roscoe of Design for Preservation designed the Band Box's slight expansion a few years ago. He's also a moving force behind Preserve Minneapolis. If you're interested in learning more about the city's architectural past and preserving it for the future, the group is sponsoring a tour of Water Power Park at 5:30 p.m. on July 25.
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