'Ex-town' Jonathan still has distinct touches of its futuristic beginnings

Jonathan is vaguely futuristic, because the history of Jonathan is utterly unlike that of any other place in the state. Utopian futurism is Jonathan’s heritage, and it’s a heritage that’s easy to spot once you park your car, get out and have a walk around.

By Andy Sturdevant of MinnPost


Prince, For You (1978) and The Suburbs, The Suburbs (1978)

Both these debut recordings were released on April 17, 1978. Some days are just better than others…

Shelly Moen of Eden Prairie, MN returning home with her boys (1999)

Photo by the Minnesota Historical Society

Suburban Buildings

The 24-story Northwestern Financial Center, located on Xerxes Av. So. and Hwy 494, will be the largest office facility in the surburban Twin Cities area. The office building complex will occupy 33 acres and will contain 400,000 square feet. Included in the plans are a revolving top-floor restaurant and a heliport. The Northwestern Financial Center is being developed, designed, engineered, and constructed by Rauenhorst Corporation. (photo scanned from the 1971 promotional book, “Minneapolis - City of Lakes”)

The building now known as Well Fargo Plaza was completed in 1974, and at the time was one of the tallest buildings in the Twin Cities. Looking at this got me wondering, what are the tallest buildings in the cities of suburban Minneapolis? You were wondering that too? Awesome, I did us both a favor and looked it up. (all links go to the building database website Emporis)

Plymouth - 505 Waterford Park

Robbinsdale - North Memorial Medical Center Addition

Brooklyn Center - Embassy Suites Minneapolis Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Park - Northland Inn

New Hope - Saint Therese Residence

Golden Valley - Colonnade Building

St. Louis Park - Metropoint Tower

Edina - The Westin Edina Galleria & Residences

Richfield - The Tower at City Bella

Bloomington - 8500 Tower

Eden Prairie - Wooddale Church

Minnetonka - 601 Carlson Parkway & 701 Carlson Parkway

Andover - Andover YMCA Community Center

Chanhassen - Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Oswald Visitor Center

Hopkins - Hopkins Village Apartments

Maple Grove - Maple Grove Hospital