Historic Photo of the Week: Hove’s

Featured, History — By on June 11, 2012 9:59 pm

This gem of a photo is looking northwest from Lake Street just east of Holmes Avenue at where Lunds is located today. As many may know, before Lunds it was Hove’s. Russel Lund worked at Hove’s and eventually made it his own.

Hoves Uptown Minneapolis

Looking northwest at Lake Street and Holmes Avenue at Hove's in Uptown Minneapolis. Photo dated August 9, 1940. Source: City of Minneapolis

Running from upper left to lower right is Lake Street. Running from middle towards the upper right is the now-vacated Holmes Avenue.

A few things I noticed:
- The parking lot at far left does not extend all the way to Humboldt Avenue, as it does today. Instead, there are some houses and/or duplexes/tri-plexes.
- Hove’s entrance faces Lake Street, not adjacent its parking lot.
- There is a Standard Service station to the east of Hove’s, approximately where TCF Bank is located today. It is advertising “6 for 1.01″ and “Red Crown is 2 for 1″.
- Peas appear to be advertised at Hove’s for 14 cents.
- Hove’s had “Lowest Average Price Every Day” written across the storefront.

Thatcher Imboden

How cities work and change, how they are the product of their inhabitants and outside forces, and the resulting livability keep me thinking and dreaming about the future. I work in transit oriented development and have a background in urban real estate development. I am Past President of an Uptown business organization, grew up in Uptown, was on an Uptown neighborhood association Board, and am an Uptown and Lyn-Lake historian.

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3 Comments

  1. Andrew says:

    A gem indeed! Also interesting to note that Holmes used to connect through between Lake and Lagoon; the current TCF Bank location is effectively right in the middle of what used to be Holmes Ave S.

    So, we can conclude that the current incarnation of this block is the result of:

    - Razing three residential properties and replacing them with a parking lot

    - Removing the local connectivity provided by Holmes Ave and replacing it with a single commercial space and a small strip of parking lot

    Any idea when these changes happened? This photo is from immediately pre-WWII; how long after did it take for cars to become important enough to justify replacing both homes and Holmes with parking lots?

    • Thatcher Imboden says:

      I’m unsure when Holmes Avenue was vacated. The current commercial building was built right around 1980 and replaced a car wash, I believe.

      Cars and their associated infrastructure and businesses started growing in the 1910s onward. There were numerous garages, gas stations, and dealers in the Uptown area by the 1920s and were high in proportion until the mid-1990s. I remember growing up in the 1980s and Lake Street from Colfax to Fremont was nearly all auto-related. Today, the buildings where Floyd’s 99, Tum Rup Thai (uptown row), Tires Plus, CVS, and Darque Tan were all car dealers, used car lots, or garages.

      In the 1920s, the Uptown business community rented a lot (right around where this photo is looking) for district public parking.

  2. Chuck says:

    Sorry for the late post, I cant help but feel sorry for the house that recently burned down next to Hoves…makes you appreciate how long some of these buildings have developed character and have been around.

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