by Gary Raymond, late 1990s
This architectural black-and-white photo shows a skylight at the former Grain Belt Brewery, before the complex was renovated into offices, studios, apartments and the library. It’s a memento of Minneapolis past, honoring the story of early settlers and the rise of beer brewing before the blow of Prohibition. It’s also the story of urban revitalization, as the old brewery got refurbished in the late ’90s and early 2000s after sitting vacant for years. As part of that process, the 1893 Wagon Shed and 1913 Millwright Shop were combined—and added on to—to create the Pierre Bottineau Library, which opened to the public in 2003 and thus started a new legacy on this historic site.
Funded by the Minneapolis Public Library percent for art program