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Continued: Historic Abbott Hospital in Minneapolis reborn as living quarters

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 1, 2014 - 6:24 AM

The project was previously named “Dunwoody Apartments” after William Dunwoody, a prominent flour magnate who donated the money for the original building after Dr. Abbott cared for Dunwoody’s wife.

New wings — including one devoted to children — were added in the 1920s, 1930s and 1950s. A report submitted to list the building on the National Register of Historic Places, prepared by local architectural historians at Hess, Roise & Co., notes that the building’s many additions are an important and rare reflection of “important phases of hospital evolution” in the early 20th century.

Abbott eventually merged with Northwestern. Following the merger, it grew inefficient for Abbott to maintain separate campuses, according to the historic listing submission.

The hospital left the Stevens Square building in 1980.

“The property needed a lot of work,” O’Keefe said. “And it’s gotten it.”

 

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  • Developer Swami Palanisami, who helped to transform the building in the Stevens Square neighborhood, recently looked at one of the renovated apartments.

  • The exterior of the Abbott apartments maintains an old-style feel but the interiors have been modernized for city living.

  • A group on tour is shown one of the apartments.

  • Developer Swami Palanisami, at right, led a group of city leaders on a tour of the renovated aparement complex in the Stevens Square neighborhood of Minneapolis, at left. The former hospital was one of the most popular places for the birth of babies. The last child was born there in 1980. The building had sat vacant for a decade, since 2004.

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