"A picture is worth a thousand words..." The adage proves true with this photo, which I've already written about once here when a closer look at this photograph of the Country Club District showed bridge footings in Minnehaha Creek which led to all sorts of questions about that bridge and whether there ever was a bridge on Bridge Street.
The same researcher who pointed out the bridge footings later commented that developer Samuel Thorpe's sales office could be seen in this photo as well. Can you tell where it is? Yeah, me too. I needed a little help. See the building by Wooddale School? That, he told me, was the sales office for the Country Club District.
As far as I knew, Thorpe Brothers real estate company, established in 1885, was based in downtown Minneapolis. But it made sense to me that the company would set up sales offices in the towns where they were selling lots in new developments.
With every else going on getting ready for our exhibit opening, I didn't think much more about it until another researcher was looking at Country Club District sales brochures. See the tract office on the bottom left?
Here's a closer look:
You can see Wooddale School and its tall chimney in the background. I have to say, this sales office seem like quite the Taj Majal of tract offices. Thorpe apparently wanted his sales office to reflect the "character and beauty" of the development he was selling.
They are, by definition, temporary, closing up shop when most of the lots are sold. The Thorpe sales office is long gone, but I don't know if it was moved or demolished. If you know, please comment here or email me.
The sales brochure also shed some light on the Bridge Street question, but the document is too big for my scanner. I'll write Part II of the saga when I have the photographic evidence available to back up my claims. But --- I just can't wait to say this -- I was right. (The three most beautiful words in the English language might be "I love you," but I'm also very fond of "I was right.")
This photo is definitely worth 1,000 words... of explanation. Stay tuned for the next chapter!
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