Historic Photo of the Week: Legeros Building

Featured, Hennepin-Lake, History — By on January 28, 2013 7:16 am

The Legeros Building located at 2908 through 2914 Hennepin Avenue has been home to a variety of businesses over the years. This 1997 photo shows Sticks & Stones (2914), Possessions (2912), Uptown Treasures (2910), and the entrance to the office building upstairs (2908). The building assumed its name from a previous owner, Harry Legeros, who donated the building to St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church when he passed away.

Legeros Building - 1997

A 1997 photo of the Legeros Building in Uptown Minneapolis.

On December 8, 1998, a fire caused substantial damage to Sticks & Stones and office space upstairs that was home to Buca, Inc. Police originally thought a homeless man accidentally caused the fire behind the building but later felt it was caused by a man who would get angry after becoming drunk and arson businesses. It took 60 fire fighters and three hours to get control over the fire. The Possessions and Uptown Treasures (former Fleetham Furniture) spaces were for lease at the time of the fire.

Unfortunately, the fire couldn’t come at a worse time for Sticks & Stones. The two-and-a-half year old business made 60% of its revenue during the holiday season.

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 Comment

  1. Steven Gray says:

    I worked at the Hennipen-Lake Car Wash in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was owned and run by Conn LeGeros. His older brother Harry owned and operated a restaurant on Hennipen two or three doors down from the Uptown Theater, which he also owned. At the time their father was still alive and I believe that the family owned the whole block between Lagoon and Lake and Hennipen and Holmes.

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