The June 20 edition of Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reports that a developer might knock down the former Skyway Theater, and surrounding buildings, in downtown Minneapolis. United Properties wants to buy the Skyway (now Barfly), Teeners, Shinders and the vacant building that once housed Chevys Fresh Mex.
For the deal to happen, United Properties "would need to gain control of surrounding land," wrote Sam Black in the Business Journal.
That might happen.
Two months ago, Ben Graves of Graves Hotels Resorts sat down for a meal with Mayor R.T. Rybak. According to the news report, the mayor says he wants to see the block developed.
What about Teeners?
For the past year, I've been walking by the building or looking at it from the bus, thinking "I've got to do a story on that. It's empty. It's lovely. What's going to happen to it?"
And now this.
In his AIA Guide to the Twin Cities, critic Larry Millet wrote about the Girard (Teener) Building, 727-29 Hennepin Avenue, designed by Magney and Tusler in 1922.
"A sliver of a buidling, faced in terra-cotta and one of the last of its kind downtown. Many original downtown lots were only 20 feet wide, leading to clumps of narrow buildings that once formed highly varied streetscapes. It's anyone's guess how long this little gem will survive."Here's hoping Millet ain't prescient.