Advance Thresher-Emerson Newton Co. Building

You can read about the history and designation of the Advance Thresher-Emerson Newton Co. Building historic landmark.






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.

Photo Credits:

1906, courtesy of The Minnesota Historical Society

2006, Minneapolis CPED

Works Cited:

"National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form," 1976.


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