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Camden Historic Lumber District

a proposal for a North Minneapolis historic district

Will Lumpkins

on 8 February 2015

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Camden Historic Lumber District
What is it??
1. Local Historic Designation

• Nomination through either a City Council Member or Heritage Preservation Council Member

• City Staff then does a study to see if there is significance.

2. State and federal historic designation are also future options, but have different criteria


• Historic Preservation
-Camden has great history, we have a duty to help preserve it for future generations.

-Gives the community access to grants and loans unique for historic designation.

-Helps increase property values over time, even more for commercial properties.

-Can be attractive for future developers looking for local amenities for projects.

• Kickstarter Photo project
• Designation Application
• Outreach with the local business committees to come up with plan
• Encourage city to support a new small area plan for Lyndale Ave.
• Gather more community support through:
-Facebook Group: Camden Historic Lumber District, which has
almost 150 members
-Build off previous years of outreach and advocacy
-Build support from local businesses
-Engage residents through door knocking and community events
-Work with the Webber community to help complete the district

Whats Next!?
The Shingle Mill
The shingle mill (and later, the flour mill) constructed in the mid 1800's near where Shingle Creek and the Mississippi River meet, provided early employment for what would later be named "Camden Place" -a town separate from Minneapolis until it was annexed in 1887.

• Sawmilling
Sawmilling was a very important industry that contributed to the development of Camden. The advent of steam power allowed the sawmilling industry to expand from its St Anthony roots, which were making a transition to the flour industry.

• Streetcars
Streetcars brought further industry and population to the area, which contributed to the growth of the 42nd and Lyndale Camden community business district.

• Neighborhood Pride and Togetherness

-Projects such as these promote neighborhood togetherness and respect through the celebration of our history.
-Encouraging respect for our neighborhoods is a key element in fighting our blight issues.

Camden Historic Lumber District
2. Significance

• The Sawmill of C. A. Smith and Co. during the turn of the century, broke the record for the amount of lumber produced worldwide.

• The adjacent building known as the Northwestern Compo-Board Company held a patent on a process of making some of the first "pressed wood or particle board" products.

• By-products of the lumber mill were used in a unique energy cost saving measure with the local pumping station that were very early recycling methods for the time.

• Also in the area, the brick making industry was using local Mississippi mud to produce a very popular "yellow" colored brick that you see in some of the older structures in the city.

District Boundaries
The historic district would follow Lyndale Avenue from:

- 41st street at the South

-49th street to the North

- Interstate 94, but would include the Mill remnants along Shingle creek in North Mississippi Regional Park

1-3 blocks west in sections to include Bell House, Kinnard Hayes, Mereen Johnson, C.A Smith office, some residential houses along the streets of 6th , Camden, Aldrich, etc...

• Destination Area

- Creates a destination area in Lind-Bohanon (and Webber) centered around history and arts, that community members and visitors can utilize.

- Developers could potentially add density along the corridor as industry evolves or moves out (i.e. Warning Lights).

-Opportunity to build a district with distinct branding such as "Eat Street" on Nicollet Ave. in South Minneapolis.

• Beautification and Vision!

- Create a theme around which the community can focus their neighborhood organization and business goals.

-Incorporate the historic district into the future vision for the Lyndale small area plan that our city planners can provide.

-Themed beautification along the proposed corridor.

-Create or replicate the "Museum in the Streets" model used along Lake Street.

-Offices for community organizations such as LBNA, Camden Community Historical Society or other non profits.

-Interconnect with other popular neighborhood
attractions such as the new state-of-the-art natural pool at Webber Park, Camden Library slated for the near future and the huge asset that is the North Mississippi Regional Park.

-Create historic walking/biking tours in district and coordinate with other healthy living river activities like canoeing, biking, kayaking, cross country, hiking etc..

Beautification along corridor

-Pedestrian Lighting, new bridge improvements, signage, murals, branded seating, bike racks, themed awnings, bike and pedestrian improvements, Greening it up!

Community visions for local business

-Co-op (whole foods type) store and farmers market
-Community kitchen
-Art gallery and co-working space
-Vintage Shops
-Restaurants, food trucks, community gathering location, etc..

Camden Histroic Lumber District
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