Color image of 7th Street skyway exterior

7th Street skyway exterior

Seventh Street skyway, built in 1963, as it looked in 2013. The Seventh Street skyway, which opened on June 12, 1963, connects the Northstar Center with the Roanoke Building. Photograph by Iric Nathanson, 2013.

Color image of skyway in the Baker Building, Minneapolis, 2002.

Skyway in the Baker building, Minneapolis

Skyway in the Baker Building, Minneapolis, 2002.

Black and white photograph of skyway spanning Nicolett Mall, Minneapolis, c.1974.

Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Skyway spanning Nicolett Mall, Minneapolis, c.1974.

Black and white photograph of skyway leading to the Northstar Center, Minneapolis, 1969.

Skyway leading to the Northstar Center, Minneapolis

Skyway leading to the Northstar Center, Minneapolis, 1969.

Black and white photograph of he opening of the first Minneapolis skyway, connecting the Northstar Center and the Northwestern National Bank; Leslie Park is at left, 1962.

Opening of first skyway (connecting the Northstar Center and Northwestern National Bank); Leslie Park at left, Minneapolis

The opening of the first Minneapolis skyway, connecting the Northstar Center and the Northwestern National Bank; Leslie Park is at left, 1962.

Black and white photograph of Leslie Park, c.1955.

Leslie C. Park

Leslie Park, c.1955.

The Minneapolis Skyways

In 1962, a local real estate developer named Leslie Park and architect Ed Baker built a covered walkway over Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. Park's structure would later be known as a skyway. It was the first link in a system that later spread throughout much of the city's downtown.

Color photograph of Chaska History Center (Brinkhaus Livery Stable).

Chaska History Center (Brinkhaus Livery Stable)

View of the Chaska History Center, housed in the historic Brinkhaus Livery Stable, c.2011.

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