Historic Photo of the Week: 2947 Hennepin

Featured, Hennepin-Lake, History — By on December 18, 2012 6:39 am
1975 - 2947 Hennepin

This photo from February 1975 shows Treasure Chest and Farmer Fanny Candies on the northeast corner of Hennepin and Lake. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Snyder.

2947 Hennepin Avenue in Uptown Minneapolis was a long-time home to Fanny Farmer Candies. They had that corner space from the early 1930s until the mid-to-late 1980s.

2947 Hennepin Avenue - late 1920s

This photo shows Schmidler’s Meats at 2947 Hennepin Avenue in the late 1920s when Lake Street was undergoing street construction. Photo courtesy of Hennepin History Museum.

Prior to it being a Fanny Farmer, it was Schmidler’s meat shop and an American Fruit Company outpost. After Fanny Farmer, it became a TCBY and later home to Intelligent Nutrients and then a real estate office before Juut became the tenant, combined all the space into one, gave it the gingerbread paint job, and made it a salon.

Hennepin & Lake in 1930s

The northeast corner of Hennepin & Lake in the 1930s. Notice the billboard over the second floor.

Treasure Chest was a gift shop located at 1418 West Lake Street. The business was located in the space from the early-to-mid 1960s until the mid-to-late 1970s. Treasure Chest was located in 1414 West Lake Street, which was 1/3 of the current Davanni’s building, all the way back to the late 1940s to 1950. In the 1980s and 1990s, the space was home to Garden of Eden while later it housed Cold Stone Creamery.

2947 Hennepin in 1991

TCBY at 2947 Hennepin in 1991. Photo courtesy of the Regents of University of Minnesota.

Juut in 2007 Uptown Minneapolis

The 2947 Hennepin Building is now home to Juut. This 2007 photo was right after they painted the building white and blue.

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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  1. Sean R says:


    The cornice on this building has never looked quite right.

  2. Sue F says:

    Wow, as a high school student I worked at that Fanny Farmer back in the early 70’s. Right on bus route 6 between school and home near Lake Harriette. Thanks for the pictures!

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