Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, February 19, 2016

Skunk House, Fences and History

Linking to GOOD FENCES

and celebrating our one hundredth post this week of sharing all things about  fences, their posts and places where they fence naturally.

This post also fits nicely with my historic Minneapolis posting for

Click on the photos to enlarge.

On August 14, 2013 I wrote about this tower here.

How about a summer view of the tower?

"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us."
Winston Churchill 

Downtown Minneapolis 
delivered tastefully designed-

Stylish fencing which
still exists today.

Exquisite lamp post at Minneapolis Federal Building

For those of us who cherish architectural history you should enjoy this glimpse back to a time where a place like, the Skunk House and eagles protecting a water supply (which survives yet today) actually existed in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

One fascinating story connected to the Skunk House (aka the Foster House) during the time the No Name Gallery arrived to spread their artist charm, the space was once owned by John Linsmayer, (his family was in the fur trading business) and his office on the second floor which originally belonged to his grandfather earlier, this is my favorite part,  his business cards read, "Head Skunk" for his title.  

Click here to learn,  how the purchase of a building for one dollar is now the stuff of legends.

The Skunk House
aka the Foster House

Notice the small section of chain link fencing in the lower right corner of the photo?  Not sure what it is/was fencing out.

S.E. Foster built 1882

Stephen E. Foster arrived in Minnesota in 1850 as the first Blacksmith in St. Anthony Falls 
and built his business in a wood framed building at 100 First Street North and rebuilt in 1882 with a three story brick structure.

From Skunk House to art-space artfully named, "third space" it's not a museum or commercial gallery, you can't buy and sell things there, it's a place where art is made and exhibited.

So how does 100 First Street North look today?

I believe you're really going to like it-

I think it's even more beautiful then when it was first built, and it has a lovely little wood fence next to it as well.

Thanks so much for stopping in and may your "Thank goodness it's Friday" become an even better weekend ahead.  Enjoy.


Author R. Mac Wheeler said...


Friday is the last day of the week I get quiet writing time. Sigh

Elephant's Child said...

Love that elegantly curved fence.
Saturday is well advanced here.
Enjoy your weekend.

Wendy said...

You're right -- the Foster building looks beautiful! However, I would never want to be known as the Head Skunk. That was too funny!

TexWisGirl said...

that water tower is sure unique. and i like that building, too!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Well done.

Christine said...

Really interesting info Karen & lovely old buildings which are well preserved today!

Anonymous said...

I really love that water tower. I am fascinated with them, but this one is magnificent. Churchill was very wise. Great quote. Your photos and history lesson are are you!

Cloudia said...

You really show and know the GOOD stuff up there, Karen!

sage said...

100 posts. That's a lot of fences

Gail said...


Ida said...

That's quite the Water Tower. - How did that place get the name, Skunk House?

Here is a link to my GF post:

Titania Staeheli said...

Water towers are usually very bland and functional sometimes ugly structures. This one is beautifully decorated, like showing that water is valuable and it should be treated accordingly.

Filip and Kristel said...

That's a big water tower. So wide.


Jeanie said...

There are so many reasons I should visit Minneapolis -- many blog friends, Rick's aunt, and now fabulous sites! Some of these towers are really quite lovely.

Debbie said...

a very cool water tower...i like the fences and those shadows!!!!

La Nightingail said...

The Washburn water tower reminds me of the time I was dating a fellow majoring in architecture at Cal Berkeley & he had an assignment to design a water tower that didn't look like a water tower. His idea was a restaurant perched above an unobvious water tank. Unfortunately, I don't think his idea was all that original. I would have designed some sort of roof-top garden which would have been easy to water!

Little Nell said...

Well I have to say that I agree with you in that the buiding is more attractive in every way today - including its use and the name!

Bob Scotney said...

As far as I know we don't have water towers in the UK. This on is very impressive but I would not have recognised it as one if you hadn't told me. I took it to be a monument of some sort.

Mike Brubaker said...

The water tower is a fascinating extravagance for a utility structure. Its imposing guardians remind me of the colossal Argonath statues in one of the Lord of the Rings films. The Skunk House is definitely a wonderful restoration of a building style well worth preserving.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful glimpse into history!