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Minneapolis Riverfront Redevelopment Oral History Project: Interview with Kit Richardson
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Kit Richardson is a Minneapolis architect and developer, and partner with Peter Gelzer in Architectural Associates. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Purchase of North Star Woolen Mill in 1979; the ways in which the 1985 national riverfront conference introduced Minneapolis to the larger world of waterfront development and vice versa; Harry Wirth's negative effect on West Bank development efforts, including Ding Pei's proposal for the World Trade Center; the real estate slump of the late 1980s. Richardson also owned the Standard Mill, which became the Whitney Hotel, and discusses the Crown Roller Mill fire; formation of Mill District Associates; the use of the Ceresota Elevator for grain storage; removal of the Chicago Avenue viaduct; West Bank vs. East Bank; the trolley study; the negative impact of the Industry Square Redevelopment District; Hayber Development's role in the Whitney Hotel and Ceresota Elevator; the politics of riverfront development; his vision of riverfront activity, and his purchase of the Pillsbury A Mill property.
1.5 hours sound disc
29 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
90 minutes length
Interviewer: Mack, Linda
Interviewee: Richardson, Kit
Made in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 117 (Library Call Number)
AV2009.52.21 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minneapolis Riverfront Redevelopment Oral History Project'