Imagine the Block E site as a downtown park modeled after The Boston Commons. Invisible Minneapolis is a tour of Minneapolis’ ghost structures and sites that never were because they lost out to alternate plans. A series of guest presenters will discuss some controversial and some unknown sites that almost were. Invisible Minneapolis aims at exploring the juxtaposition between the reality of what is Minneapolis and the alternate reality of what almost was Minneapolis.
Ian has been asked to talk about the 1917 Plan of Minneapolis and some alternatives that were proposed before the public library moved from 10th and Hennepin to 3rd and Nicollet in 1960. The photo above is of workers preparing the library’s Minerva statue for its move to 300 Nicollet Mall, circa 1959.
The tours meet at the Soap Factory and leave promptly at 6:30 pm.