Minneapolis Then And Now - Itasca Lumber Company, 2800 Washington Avenue North 1910/2012
Not the most dramatic of my “then and now” shots, but 2800 Washington Avenue N does show us a bit of Minneapolis history in these photos. Built in 1902, the building at 2800 Washington Ave N, started out as the Itasca Lumber Company which was founded in 1887, and was a mid-size player in the lumber/rail industry of the late 19th century. Milling is huge in Minneapolis history, but did you know that in 1901, 100,000,000 feet of logs were shipped by rail to Minneapolis?
True story Bro.
At some point the building became the Mandeville Meat Equipment and Supply company and that business closed possibly around 2009. Currently the building sits empty, and is for sale right now.
Photos by the Minnesota Historical Society and Me.
Just a few things to add to Paul’s excellent post- the building was built by H. Parsons and an addition was put on in 1919 by the Albinson Construction Company. The building housed the Cleland Manufacturing Company in between housing the Itasca Lumber Company and Mandeville Meat Equipment. The sheet metal siding was added in 1949.