Burma Shave Building


Thank you Corcoran neighbors, and CNO, for your interest in the history of the building at 2019 East Lake Street built in 1882 as Vine Congregational Church on 23rd Avenue South, and moved to its present site in 1892. A hearing before the Historic Preservation Commission has been scheduled for 4:30pm, Tuesday October 25th, in room 317, Minneapolis City Hall, 350 South Fifth Street. This meeting is open to the public, and I invite you to attend and express your support for preserving the rich history of this building and our neighborhood. After Vine Church built its new building in 1911, (now Vine Evangelical Church), the building became Hugnad Hall, a meeting place for the International Scandinavian Workers Association, and then was converted to a factory building in 1916 where Nell Wingert made her line of bonnets, aprons and knickers. In 1925 the Burma Shave company moved in and until 1940 made shaving cream and signs, growing to a nationally known company with 7,000 sets of roadside signs throughout the country. This building has been repurposed over and over for 134 years, and can be again!