Beal's Photographic Studio, 34 Washington Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Razed)

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Beal's Photographic Studio

Address: 34 Washington Avenue
Neighborhood/s: Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Historic Function: Photography Studio and Art Gallery

Downtown Minneapolis Hennepin

Alonzo H. Beal was born in Saco Maine in 1833. He took up photography when he was fourteen years old, and he spent the rest of his life as a photographer. Beal moved to St Anthony in 1860, and he published some of the first photographs of St. Anthony Falls. Beal also took many portraits which the Minnesota Historical Society holds in its collection.

The building in this photograph is one of many gallery and studio spaces that Beal occupied around Minneapolis between the years 1860 and 1890. Beal lost three such spaces in his career due to fire. The gallery that we see here was built in 1874 after a fire destroyed Beal’s gallery at 19 Washington.

Alonzo Beal had been operating photo studios and art galleries in and around Minneapolis since 1860, so his advertised claim that the building pictured here represents “the oldest established gallery in Minnesota” (1874) is arguably valid.


Memories and stories

Photo Gallery

Here are some photographs taken by Alonzo Beal and his sons Charles and Eugene

Related Links

Here is some information about Alonzo, Charles and Eugene Beal


    St. Paul Daily Pioneer June 21, 1874 p. 4

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