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A Brief Delay

May 31, 2006 1:38 AM

Two days of coding and the site is finally functioning as it should.

Because it's late and my eyes are getting bleary, there's no time for me to do justice to the history I have of the ballpark site. Suffice it to say that it was rail yards for the better part of a century, then surface parking.

It makes one wonder what lurks beneath the asphalt in terms of hazardous substances. Supposedly some study has already been done to guarantee that clean-up won't be too expensive, but you have to wonder.

The rest of the neighborhood evolved because of the presence of the farmer's market (originally located on the Target Center block), and the Ford manufacturing plant (later the Honeywell building, and currently known as Ford Centre). This building dominates many photos of the Minneapolis skyline before about 1940. Its gigantic cube is visible in numerous old photos in the Minnesota Historical Society database.

Here's an example photo from 1950 (with the future ballpark site clearly visible in the center of the frame).

Looks like a pretty rugged area, and it was. In fact it still is to some extent, with the Sharing and Caring Hands building nearby attracting a somewhat rough crowd.

Old maps of the city show that there were once streets known as 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North which ran through the area, and presumably buildings of some sort there before the tracks. I'm still looking into this.

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When are we going to be able to see the "coming soon" stuff?

Posted on May 31, 2006 at 1:52 PM by MOJO Highlight this comment 1

I'll try to add one per day...

Posted on June 1, 2006 at 01:03 AM by Rick 2


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An arch under construction.






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Condiments! (complete with faux limestone on the cart -- nice touch)



Memorabilia on display in the Metropolitan Club






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Above the Carew gate



Stairs down to Seventh Street now have the start of railings



Lower deck view of the out-of-town scoreboard.









An alternate route into downtown. (Click to get an interactive map.)



A portrait of the 573 Club.






Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)



Boston



The Overlook, as seen by outfielders






A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).



Left to right: Opat, Oliva, Dave St. Peter, Melvin Tennant (Meet Minneapolis), Jerry Bell, Rybak






Big Dog



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Detail of Entry Plaza #4 (north entry from Fifth Street)



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Final pieces arrive






Thanks for all the hard work out there, Cold Safety-Line Dudes. (I'm glad that my job does not require safety lines...)



Original outfield configuration



The heretofore unseen north facade (click to enlarge). Does it look like a ballpark? And what's with the bamboo?



Gate 6 is quite large



Dugout Dog



Some details are visible here, like the back of an escalator.






Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)






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The tower is actually finished, though it looks like a work in progress.






A slightly different elevation drawing, again viewed from Fifth Street, with some labels. (Click to enlarge.)











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HPB - Home Plate Box

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LC - Legends Club

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MOA - Mall of America

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