THE BRICK BLOCK ON WALKER STREET
In an effort to create what had
heretofore been a nonexistent downtown for the nascent St.
Louis Park, village leaders Hamilton and
Walker built two
opposing buildings on a street they called Broadway, now
called Walker Street. There were storefronts below and
offices above. Nowadays one might call it an economic
development incubator, providing reasonably priced and sized
spaces for small companies to carry out their businesses until
they moved on to larger spaces. The
Hamilton Building is
gone, but the Walker Building is still home to small
businesses that don’t rely on a lot of street traffic. For
try as they might, Walker and his associates never managed
to create that elusive Downtown St. Louis Park.
Here is a snippet of a photo taken in 1954 that shows the brick block. The street going across is Walker, and the diagonal street was Louisiana Ave., now renamed Library Lane. The building to the south is the Hamilton Building - we have very few photos of this massive building (click above). The Walker Building is at the far left.
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