Post office of Minneapolis


Getting a peek of history, behind the scenes

Doors Open Minneapolis drew hundreds over the weekend

May 18, 2019 - 12:21 pm

They came to see what makes familiar buildings work.

The history behind more than 110 buildings that make up downtown Minneapolis was on display all weekend.

Doors Open Minneapolis began Saturday with an official ceremony at the expansive post office that's been the hub of mail activity alongside the Mississippi River since 1933.

"You're going to get a behind-the-scenes access to some of the most extraordinary buildings that we have in our city," said Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey, his words echoing off the art-deco walls of the post office's main lobby.

Among those taking part in the tour, 85-year-old Al Carlson, who worked in the post office building for 36 years.

"It's a solid building," he said, standing by the stairway he took several times every day while at work sorting mail. "It's all exactly the same as when I worked here in 1956."

Among the buildings for Doors Open Minneapolis are the Basilica of St. Mary's, 430 Oak Grove in Loring Park (where Prince once had a recording studio), the Hennepin Theatre Trust, and the Pillsbury Flour Mill.




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