Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Outside the Blair Arcade



Previously I've taken you inside the Blair Arcade to see a beautiful chandelier, many murals, Nina's Cafe, and Garrison Keillor's bookstore. Here's the outside. Nina's is on the corner, to the left are steps that will take you to the basement bookstore, and out-of-sight is a canopied entrance which is one of the many ways to enter the building. Formerly known as The Angus Hotel where Molly Fitgerald, mother of F.Scott Fitzgerald lived for a short time before her death, the Arcade is now home to restaurants, shops, business offices, and condos.

Minnesota History: Jane Grey Swisshelm, an outspoken critic of slavery and unequal treatment of women, moves to Minnesota in 1857 and publishes the St. Cloud Visiter newspaper.

17 comments:

  1. tres bel immeuble. j'aime beaucoup c'est vieux immeubles et leur architecture.

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  2. Splendid building & full of history, great shot!

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  3. Beautiful building and it looks very strong. I like the colors too.

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  4. Don't you just love downtown buildings like this? That's a treasure. I would love wandering in there.

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  5. First view is wonderful~
    :))
    and interesting information.

    jing
    shanghai daily photo

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  6. I love old buildings like this. They have so much character. They reflect the soul of a city. When they disappear, I think the soul disappears also. Thanks for showing.

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  7. I wish we had buildings like this. My town isn't large enough though. :-)

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  8. Quite wonderful and massive! Thanks for that historical info - it gives any inanimate object a soul...

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  9. The building looks exactly as I would want it to look. I was born in a very little town in and the bank building there looks like a miniature version of that building -must have been the preferred architecture of the time. I really like it.

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  10. It appears to be a common trend to convert older building such that they house restaurants, shops, business offices, and condos. It is a good idea and I enjoy the new uses. However, the old building sometimes loses some of the grandeur it had.

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  11. That looks like a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Lots of choices. I like the solidness of the whole building.

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  12. Merci Kate, j'ai recu ta carte postale ce soir. tres belle. pour en faire profiter tout le monde j'ai mis la carte postale sur mon blog.
    Encore merci, ce Theatre est superbe.


    Thank you Kate, I received your postcard this evening. very beautiful. to make some profit everyone I put the postcard on my blog. Still thank you, this Theater is superb.

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  13. I've taken several minutes to travel through time on your DP blog.
    You've opened my eyes to many of the ordinary and not-so-ordinary things that make St. Paul so grand!
    Good heavens, I may just have to cross the bridge and spend more time over on your side of the river!
    Cudos!!

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  14. even with the whole list of retails you mentioned, the place doesnt seem overly commercialised, that's great!

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  15. I wish we had something even remotely like this building in our city. What a great photo!

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  16. This is an amazing building. Wonderful shot.

    It's been so long since I've stopped by. I miss visiting all my favorite sites... I hope your doing terrific.

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  17. What beautiful architecture!!

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