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Monday, January 31, 2005

Chambers hotel Minneapolis

For years at the corner of 9th & Hennepin Ave., S. the old Fairmont Hotel has sat like a squat, blackened barge moored to the curb. For many years it had been a cheap flop house. On occasion, one's eye could not help but wander up its dingy walls. Windows looking out over Hennepin or 9th Street would reveal a tattered shade or a worn out piece of furniture, sometimes a lonely man smoking a cigarette.
On street level, most recently there was a smoking paraphernalia shop called Suns. But that closed out a few years ago and the building has stood empty all these many months. This was the sort of run down urban blight that inspired Tom Waits to write a song called, fittingly enough, 9th & Hennepin.

But now there's a big orange banner hanging on the wall and evident reconstruction is underway for the new Chambers Hotel to be opening in 2006. I'm glad to see that this old, lost building has been saved in order to serve a useful purpose one day. Far too many pieces of Minneapolis' historical legacy have gone the way of the wrecking ball. And this time, two vintage buildings will be saved for one project. The building that housed Pro Color will be utilized. Pro Color will be moving to Glenwood Avenue in North Minneapolis as it has been incorporated by Albinson's Reprographics.

I'm sure I'll never have occasion to stay a night at the Chambers Hotel. But there will be a restaurant on street level that might call me in on some special occasion. You never know.


  • At 11:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just found your blog. I read your bio. and all I can say is "welcome to the real world" a line from the origional Matrix movie. Cool posts of the Chambers. By the way I love Bowie too... Let's just keep that to ourselves.

  • At 12:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Welcome to pinkmonkeybird world, mgherity.


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