This distinctive Art Deco building graced 50th Street from 1939 to 1977. It first housed a clinic owned by Dr. Reuben Erickson, who sold it in the early forties to Dr. Harry Jensen, Dr. I.H. Moore and several others. Later, it was called the Edina Eye Clinic.
In 1977, the building was torn down to make way for a retail complex that today houses the Edina Municipal Liquor Store, among other businesses. The neighboring National Tea grocery store was also torn down, and replaced by Lund's.
My source for this information comes from the excellent book From the Barber's Chair: 50th and France Avenue, 1936-1988," by long-time barber Vern Swanson as told to Tom Clark. The front part of the book contains Vern's memoir of his life as a barber, and the back contains walking tours of the 50th and France neighborhood, with historic photos. In the 23 years since the book was published, even more has changed in Edina's downtown. We're currently sold out of the book, but it is available through the Hennepin County Library system.
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