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Historic designation study urged for Gluek

Posted by: Steve Brandt under Local business, People and neighborhoods, Politics and government, Urban living Updated: October 31, 2012 - 5:03 PM

A developer's bid to demolish one of the Gluek "tied house" saloons on the West Bank should be denied until the building is studied for potential preservation protection, the city's staff is urging.

The recommendation, to be heard Monday by the Heritage Preservation Commission, argues that developer Fine and Associates didn't try hard enough to study how many saloons once owned or affiliated with the defunct local Gluek brewery remain.

The developer wants to raze the building at 1500 S. 6th St., which occupies about 1.5 percent of the site of a proposed 259-unit apartment complex next to the Mixed Blood Theater. The city suggested that the building be incorporated in the development as commercial space, something developer Bianca Fine rejects as impractical.

The commission on Sept. 24 told Fine to do a comprehensive study of the 86 Gluek saloons existing in 1908, which were known known as tied houses because they sold one brewery's suds exclusively.  The analysis was to cover the building's location, year built, whether it still stands and to show a photo.if it does. But the firm's consultant didn't do that, instead surveying only the existence of former tied houses in the nearby area and providing images of a few.

City staff indicated that cursory research by the city's development agency, which staffs the commission, had found 48 Gluek locations,with 12 still standing.  

The consultant repeated its argument that the building at issue was obviously not the best exemplar even in that area of a Gluek house due to extensive interior and exterior renovations.

But the city's interest in the building goes beyond that because a staff report found it to represent one of a handful of vintage buildings remaining in the vicinity after massive clearance of the area in the early 1970s for housing now known collectively as Minneapolis)">Riverside Plaza.

The commission meets at 4:30 p.m. in the council chamber of City Hall.

 

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