Dania Hall, 427 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1886-2000)
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|Address:||427 Cedar Avenue S|
|Neighborhood/s:||Cedar Riverside, Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Hennepin County, Minnesota|
|Historic Function:||Meeting hall|
|Material of Exterior Wall Covering:||Brick|
Dania Hall was lost to a devastating fire early Monday morning, February 28. Its loss is a compelling reminder of how vulnerable are the resources that we’ve been charged to protect. The neighborhood and preservation community are grieving the loss of a landmark that can never be replaced.
Dania Hall was a remarkable place. It was both a social and a visual anchor in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. Constructed in 1886 in an imposing “Victorian Eclectic” style, the auditorium on its upper floors was a cultural center for the Danish community as well as a rich, intimate performing arts space that served the larger community. The first floor and basement levels housed commercial retail.
The building barely survived a 1991 fire that destroyed major portions of the upper floors and roof, a setback that made its redevelopment all the more challenging in recent years. The future was beginning to look bright once again, as rehabilitation of the structure had just begun; this makes the tragedy of the recent loss that much greater. It was envisioned to become once again a local cultural center and a catalyst to revitalize the neighborhood.
Memories and stories
- Dania Hall (Minneapolis
- Will Dania Hall's fire spark its rescue? August 1991
- Neighborhood group helps renovation: September 07, 1999
- Historic Dania Hall destroyed: February 29, 2000
- Discarded cigarette is cause of Dania Hall fire: March 09, 2000
- "Haste laid waste" City Pages March 22, 2000
- West Bank citizens construct pillar to remember Dania Hall: August 20, 2001
- Minneapolis looks to develop historic site: June 23, 2009