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Dayton's building joins National Register of Historic Places

Updated: July 18, 2019 10:21 PM

The downtown Minneapolis landmark, Dayton's Department Store building, was added to the National Register of Historic Places amid major renovation to the structure.

Downtown Minneapolis can be a noisy place over the lunch rush on a weekday, and recently there’s been a little extra noise along Nicollet Mall. Just ask Pat Patnode, a longtime Minnesota resident.

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“Sometimes I wonder, what was that?” Patnode said, referring to the construction sounds emerging from within the old Dayton’s Department Store building at S. 7th Street and Nicollet Mall.

Like so many Minnesotans, Patnode has fond memories of the iconic building.

"Well, I like it,” she said. “I used to go up to the top floor when they had the Christmas thing every year."

Kellie Martinson, from Monticello, reflected on what the building means to her and said she remembers "going shopping and getting that gingerbread Christmas cookie after you saw Santa Claus.”


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Brian Whiting, with Telos Group, one of the partners and developers of the project, said the project has come with pleasant surprises.

"The project, today, is actually a higher-end project than we originally envisioned going into this,” Whiting said.
   
Whiting said the addition of the location to the National Register of Historic Places will clear the way for valuable tax breaks, which will free up for money for preservation and larger public spaces.

“We're starting to build our corridor walls and we are starting to build our amenities,” he said. “Those are actually getting very close to getting done on the seventh floor.”

"We would have done a historically sensitive renovation regardless of that, but this opens up the ways to do some other things as well,” Whiting said.

Construction of the project started in 2017 and, after a delay, the building is now expected to open to the public in the spring of 2020.

The Dayton’s building joins more than 1,700 other sites across Minnesota that are on the National Register of Historic Places.


The Dayton's building joins more than 1,700 other properties in Minnesota that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Below are some of the places of note.



 

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