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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. 

 

 

 

 

 

This information comes from a variety of sources: newspapers, books, yearbooks, phone directories, interviews, etc. Given the varied sources, we cannot guarantee that all of this information is correct, and welcome any additions and corrections. Please contact us with your contributions and comments.