Rolled down to Kasson yesterday on a funereal errand. I don’t mean to give you a one-sided view of the downtown, but it only has one side. There are curious towns like this all over the country - the main drag faced the railroad, and they didn’t build commercial structures on the other side of the tracks. It makes the town look as if it’s lined up to meet the train.
There’s a marvelous movie theater at the end of the block. The State.
Looks like it could be a Liebenberg and Kaplan, but it’s not.
It's from 1937, and the theater's website - yes, it's still open - says it was "built by Henry Workman." Don't know if that means he designed it; nothing shows up on a Google search.
Nothing else downtown has this modern pizzaz, but that was often the case with small towns. The post office might look up-to-date, if it was a WPA project - less so if it came in the 60s, and certainly not so if the town had the misfortune to get a new one in the 70s. A theater like this was the portal to the big broad world, and the fact that it's running again and restored to its original beauty is heartening.
(If you do go down to see it, or enjoy Marigold days, stop at Daniel's for lunch or supper. Had a spicy hamburger that beat anything I've had in the cities for years.)