Origins of 2019 East Lake Street

burma_shave_1929_300dpi.jpgI would like to thank everyone for their support, in particular, the many that stopped by 2019 on July 24 for East Lake Open Streets. 117 people signed our petition asking for a full historic survey for 2019 East Lake. Hopefully this is currently underway. It is difficult to get up-to-date information from CPED, but the wrecking permit that MPS applied for on July 8th was denied. They will be required to make application for a permit to demolish a potential historic property. When and if they do so is not known at this time, but hopefully the process will reveal the amazing history of this building. A map from 1885 shows a building labeled "Cong Church" FullSizeRender.jpgat approximately 3011 23rd Ave So. This spot, interestingly, is where the Tuesday and Saturday Midtown Mkt is currently located. This building, according to city records, was moved to 2019 E. Lake in 1892, where it still stands. When the church moved to a new building on 22nd Ave. and 33rd St. in 1911, (now Vine Evangelical), 2019 E. Lake became Hugnad Hall, a Scandinavian meeting place for I. S. W. (International Scandinavian Workers). By 1917, it had become a woman owned manufacturer of bonnets, aprons, and ladies furnishings (Winget Mfg). 

In 1925, Burma Shave started their phenomenal success with signs and shaving cream. This is our Corcoran history, folks! This 2019_E_Lake_St._2015_bw.jpgbuilding, which has heroically championed recycling/repurposing, and has escaped the wrecking ball for 134 years, should again be repurposed, like the Hopkins Train Depot, as a student run history/coffee shop/event center. The issues and history of immigration, which are once again current events, and broadly represented in the South High student body, will be given a forum grounded in our neighborhood by a student led museum of history. Thank you for your consideration of our city's and neighborhood's history.

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