This page is mostly a placeholder for the music venues at 20 University Ave. SE in Minneapolis.
Permit cards start at 1888, when it was built as a Masonic Temple. At some point it became one of many Norden Halls, a kind of Norwegian Masonic equivalent, as far as I can tell. There were two buildings on the lot, at 20 and 22 University Ave. SE., both three stories and both made of brick.
As Norden Hall, it would have been the host of private parties, balls, and dances, as well as meetings.
WHITE SWAN TAVERN
The White Swan went into the space in about February 1933, but ran into trouble in May of the same year, when the holder of the cafe and cigarette permits, Mrs. George Maish, was recommended for denial for renewal for said permits. She was allowed to stay open until midnight on May 13, 1933, in order to get rid of her stock. What she did to precipitate this predicament was unclear.
By October 1933, the next night club was installed, this one managed by none other than Augie Ratner.
In April 1943 we see ads for the East Side Christian Center.
Both this building and its neighbor were demolished in about February 1961. Although this was about the same time as the Gateway Clearance, other buildings from the turn of the last century remain in that area. These buildings appear to have been replaced by condos built in 2006, but don’t quote me because the addresses have changed.
Demolished were two buildings, according to the permit cards:
- One building measured 24 x 90 x 16
- The other measured 50 x 100 x 40