Syndicate Block, East side of Nicollet Between 5th Street and 6th Street, (Razed)

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Syndicate Block

Address: Nicollet Avenue
Neighborhood/s: Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1883
Year razed: 1989
Historic Function: Department store
Historic Function: Offices; Photo Studio
Architect or source of design: Frederick Kees

Downtown Minneapolis Hennepin

The Syndicate Block was one of the most ambitious development projects of its day. It contained some five acres of office and retail space. Among the many tenants the Syndicate housed through its hundred-year history, there were two notable photography studios: the studio of Frederick E. Haynes, and the Sweet Studio. Both of these studios were located in suite 605.

Larry Millet, in his book Lost Twin Cities, describes the origin of the Syndicate Block: “In 1881 a dozen Minneapolis businessmen formed a syndicate, bought a choice lot on Nicollet Avenue for $77,500, and laid plans for a huge office and retail building. The Syndicate invited several leading architects -- including William Dennis, E. Townsend Mix, and Frederick Kees -- to submit plans. Kees, then in partnership with Burnham W. Fisk, won the competition, and work on the project began in 1882” (p. 156).

The Syndicate Block lasted for over one hundred years, but the exterior of the building went through various changes mostly because of fire damage and subsequent repair.

Two very well-known photographers worked in the Syndicate Block: Frederick E. Haynes, and Frank W. Sweet. Both photographers worked in suite 605.


Memories and stories

Photo Gallery

Related Links

A personal reflection about the Syndicate
Here is a link to the photo studio of Frederick's brother, Frank Haynes
Here are some photographs by Sweet from the MNHS Photo and Art Database
Here are some photographs by Frederick Haynes from the MNHS Photo and Art Database


    Millet, Larry (1992). Lost Twin Cities. Saint Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press.

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