Address: 700-08 3 rd Street South
Neighborhood: Downtown East
Construction Date: 1901/1904
Architect: Kees and Colburn
Architectural Style: Chicago Commercial
Historic Use: Commercial - Offices
Current Use: Commercial - Offices
Date of Local Designation: 1977
Date of National Register Designation: 1977
Area(s) of Significance: Architecture
Period of Significance: 1900 -
Historic Profile: The Advance Thresher Building and the Emerson-Newton Plow Company Building, designed by the architectural firm of Kees and Colburn, were actually conceived as two manufacturing buildings. The Emerson-Newton Plow Company Building, built in 1904, mimicked the design of the Advance Thresher Building of 1900. These designs are excellent examples of the influence of Chicago architect Louis Sullivan on large-scale commercial/industrial buildings in Minneapolis at the turn of the century. Sullivan’s impact on Kees and Colburn is evident in their combined use of brick and terra-cotta in an integral façade design as well as in the broad projecting cornice. At first glance, it is difficult to discern the difference in storiation, but in fact, the Emerson-Newton Building is six stories, whereas the Advance Thresher is five.
1906, courtesy of The Minnesota Historical Society
2006, Minneapolis CPED
"National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form," 1976.