Corner of Superior and Fourth Avenue East, 1959

This photo from the News Tribune files, which appears to be dated 1959, shows the north side of Superior Street looking from the corner of Fourth Avenue East. The site of the building being torn down in this picture is now the home of Voyageur Lakewalk Inn. Click on the photo for a larger view.

The back of the photo has the address of the doomed building – 329 E. Superior – and the word “landmark,” without further explanation. Can anyone shed light on this mystery? Why would this building have been a landmark, or otherwise special for some reason?

According to a 1959 city directory (and confirmed by a small sign in the window), the last occupant of the building was Speedometer Service auto repair. Next door at 331, in a structure already razed by the time this photo was taken, the 1959 directory lists Larry’s Clutch & Brake Service, George-N-Henry outboard motors and a few apartment tenants.

To the left…

… in 1959 the building at 323 E. Superior, the facade of which is just visible, housed The Antrobus Shop, a women’s clothing store. The sign right below the shop’s billboard points the way to Hutchinson’s used car lot across the street.

The Antrobus Shop building survives today – it apparently now houses a tattoo shop – tucked between the Voyageur Lakewalk Inn and the Hacienda del Sol restaurant building.

At upper right (perhaps better seen in the full picture), you can see the unique roof line of the Hemlock Garage building. And some of those buildings in the background, up along First Street, still stand today, though obscured from this vantage point by a parking ramp (see below).

Here’s one more zoomed-in view, of the demolition workers forever frozen in time atop the building:

Here are two present-day views of this site, starting with an approximate re-creation of the original photo:

And for a better view of the former Antrobus Shop building, here’s a look down the block to the west:

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6 thoughts on “Corner of Superior and Fourth Avenue East, 1959

  1. My father owned Larry’s Clutch & Brake in that very building. He shared the shop with Norm Anderson who was a very good friend of the family. I was 10 years old when this picture was taken. This was his first shop. He moved from there and opened up a new shop on Grand Avenue across from the Holiday Gas station where he stayed in business until the state bought him out to transform that area.

  2. The old brownstone duplexes in the top right of the picture was where my grandmother and uncle lived back in the 1940s. We were able to see a parade from the living room window. There were French doors from one room to another. My grandmother served us cinnamon and sugar sandwiches and saved us paper we could draw on which she kept under a mattress. Loved those old brownstones!

  3. In 1888 it was an ice cream shop, which made its own ice cream in the building. Around the turn of the century, they made cigars there. during the teens and 1920′s it was Peerless Auto.

    • Thanks for the info. Do you know if those businesses are tied to the building being razed, or to that address (and possibly a different, earlier building)?

      • Those were the businesses listed to that address over the years. It’s possible that more than one different building had been built there, but I didn’t see any records to indicate that.

  4. Great photo! I love that it shows the brick building in the upper right hand center corner. There were the 5 or 6 brick duplexes all in a row on 4th street that were owned by Jack Moon. I used to live in one of them in the early 90′s. They were torn down about 6 or so years ago to make way for the now ugly parking ramp. Yikes. What a shame. Also….I wonder where the old Voyageur Inn sign is? The one with the canoe and folks inside. It was a classic.

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