Seventy-six years ago this month, Edina residents learned of a plan to create another neighborhood of "fine homes" next to the Village's original luxury neighborhood, the Edina Country Club District.
Here's the story as it appeared in the December 1936 issue of the The Crier, the monthly newspaper for the CCD. Developer Merrill Hutchinson, an advertising executive, describes how he wanted to create "a colony of friends" in his development. Those friends included Howard W. Files, vice president of the Pillsbury Flour Mills, and others who would be "carefully restricted." In fact, Hutchinson took care to note that Rolling Green was not being developed as a real estate venture; "tracts being for sale only to a small group of good neighbors."
You can read Hutchinson's first-person account of his discovering of the land to his plans for the future below.
Unlike the formal grid pattern of the Country Club District, Rolling Green roads meandered and included much larger lots and amenities that included a stable for 12 horses, a bridal path, and tennis courts and other recreational facilities on eight acres of the 130-acre development.
I'm not sure if how long those amenities lasted, or if they were even built. (I'd have to do more research to answer that question. Does anyone know?)
For a look at how the neighborhood looks today, see Google aerial image below:
Rolling Green, then as now, benefits from "location, location, location." Bordered by Interlachen Golf Course to the west and Meadowbrook Golf Course to the north, Rolling Green has no through streets that bring traffic into the neighborhood. The main thoroughfare, Interlachen Boulevard, borders the south end. Hutchinson developed Hilldale, the neighborhood to the west, a few years later in 1939.
What can you tell me about Rolling Green's history or its developer? In my research, I've found some interesting facts about Merrill Hutchinson, including his participation in the Minnesota Law and Order League, his retirement project of building model-sized model houses, and his development of a tube pan patent. As always, I love to hear your comments. Please share your memories here or email me.
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