Flour City Ornamental Iron Works, 2637 27th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Flour City Ornamental Iron Works

ca 1920
Address: 2637 27th Avenue S
Neighborhood/s: Seward, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1902
Historic Function: Manufacturing facility
Current Function: Arts center
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick

Seward Minneapolis Hennepin County

Flour City Ornamental Iron Works, 2637 27th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota
(44.9549082° N, 93.2330304° WLatitude: 44°57′17.67″N
Longitude: 93°13′58.909″W

Flour City Ornamental Iron Works began as a black smith shop and foundry in 1893. Its work graced many buildings with intricate metal work, and even included bronze castings. The company also did significant work for the U.S. Defense Department during World War I, World War II and the Korean War. In later years it had a business in aluminum boats. In 1971 Flour City moved its operations to Tennessee. The lovely, old brick structure, now called the Ivy Building, houses the Vine Arts Center. The historic 'Flour City Ornamental Iron Works' sign is still visible on the brick, somewhat hidden by a thick curtain of ivy vines. The old sign is best seen in winter after the leaves have fallen. Inside the building, some of the metal craft is still visible in the stair railing, etc. In 2007 the Midtown Greenway bicycle and pedestrian path opened along the railroad (see the historical photograph) running next to the Flour City building.

Locally the Flour City site is infamous for the labor strike of 1935, in which two bystanders were killed and thirty injured when Minneapolis police fired into a crowd that had gathered to support the striking workers. This strike, along with other strikes during this period of labor unrest during the Great Depression, propelled Minneapolis labor unions into a more powerful position.


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Related Links

Flour City International, Inc.

Northwest Architectural Archives: Flour City Ornamental Iron Works Company Records


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