Nicollet Avenue had been the heart of downtown Minneapolis’ retail district
for almost a century before it was designed to be a pedestrian mall
in the 1960s, and thousands of people still circulate through it daily.
While the Mall received a lot of publicity and attention in the years surrounding
its construction, the story for us today is fragmented. The archival
material from this period of Minneapolis’ history is found in a variety
of places, and the span of eleven years meant a lot of people were
involved in the design process. My goal is to reassemble its history
during the 1950s and 60s.
Thank you to the following individuals for their invaluable assistance, insight, and coaching:
Professor Rachel Iannacone, Ph. D., University of Nicosia; William Whittaker and Nancy Thorne,
University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives; Tony Jahn, Target Corporation Archives;
Kate Solomonson, Associate Dean, College of Design; Greg Donofrio, Ph. D.; Larry Millett; Linda Mack;
Jeff ery Hardwick, and unnamed others.
Making Downtown: Nicollet Mall’s Collaborative Design Response for a Vital City Center.
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