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Placeography is a wiki where you can share the history of and stories about a house, building, farmstead, public land, neighborhood or any place to which you have a personal connection. If you don't have a place to contribute, please enjoy learning about others.

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March's Featured Place
Handicraft Guild Addition, 1004 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The original Handicraft Guild building at 89-91 South 10th street, was built in 1907 to provide a permanent facility for the Handicraft Guild school to educate art teachers and provide apprenticeships for artists and craftspersons. A few years after this building was built, Mary Emma Roberts, Mary Moulton Cheney and Florence Willets formed a plan with Emma's childhood friends Joseph and Susan Kingman to build an addition to the original Handicraft Guild. The architects for the addition were Edwin Hewitt and Edwin Brown who perfectly replicated the Georgian Revival exterior of the original Handicraft Guild building blending it perfectly with William Channing Whitney's design. The interior improved upon the original Guild building's design. Private studios and communal spaces were lit by state of the art "Sky Lights" and enormous windows. Abundant rich wood paneling, doors and staircases established a connection between nature and Arts and Crafts style, function and beauty. Ernest Batchelder added handmade tiles to the Marquette entry with sacred symbols of Christian and Asian religions. The studios and classrooms were surrounded by storefronts that provided new venues for artists and small businesses to sell their work. The building was connected to the original Handicraft building through a central hallway and an underground tunnel. If the Handicraft Guild Addition was built today, it would have won awards in Green Building and Sustainable Design. The environment was full of light and beautiful woodwork. The building inspired and stimulated creativity. It was an Arts and Crafts masterwork of architecture and interior design. On March 2nd 2018, the second day of Women’s history month, and 100 years after the Handicraft Guild school was closed, the demolition of the Handicraft Guild addition was completed.

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Old Highland

The area known today as the Old Highland Neighborhood was opened for settlement in 1857. During the period of the 1860s much of Old Highland was platted. A major growth of the Old Highland Neighborhood occurred during the 1880s and 1890s. This period saw large architecturally designed and contractor-built residences of distinctive period styles. The population was generally merchants who operated businesses along Washington, Plymouth, and West Broadway.

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