They say, "April showers bring May flowers," and I'm hoping that phrase is true. April has been a fairly rainy month for us, and I'm really ready for sunshine and beautiful flowers. As a way of helping to coax those warm days our way, I decided today to wear this sunny yellow tie, covered in flowers, from Mill City Fineries. Their wonderful ties always brighten my day, and I'm certain they will brighten our weather as well. ***What do you wear to brighten a rainy day?
While running errands this afternoon, several people stopped me to say how much they loved my tie. Thank you Renee Larson and The Bow Tie Shoppe for making such quality products. ***Have you worn your Madras yet this year?
along the banks of the Wapsipinicon River, is the historic village of Stone
City, Iowa. While most people know of this town from its depiction in the
painting, Stone City, by Iowa artist Grant Wood, the community
actually has a rich history. Founded in 1850, the town was originally set up as a
company town to house the workers for the nearby stone quarries.
The famous painting of Stone City by Iowa artist Grant Wood.
The Blacksmith Shop.
St. Joseph Catholic Church.
The Dearborn home.
In the late
1800’s John Green, Henry Dearborn, and John Ronan, each opened limestone
quarries in the area, and with the westward expansion of the railroad, large
shipments of limestone made their way to neighboring states. From 1859 to 1895
alone, over 150,000 railroad cars of limestone were shipped out of Stone City.
This stone barn housed the draft horses used in the quarries.
The quarry office.
The Ronan house.
The water tower on the Ronan property.
turn of the century to the 1950’s, the use of stone in construction decreased
drastically with the production of Portland Cement, and the thriving little
community of Stone City started to decline, and many of its beautiful stone
buildings were torn down. Fortunately, through the vision of George Nissan,
many of the stone structures were developed and converted into private homes.
Todsy most of the town’s building are listed on the Historical Register.
The front of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
The Green mansion was destroyed by fire in 1963,
and the ruins were torn down in the 1990's.
The General Store.
In the mid 1950's, stone production experienced a
revival, and the quarries once again saw a boon in business that has continued
to this day. Nowadays, Stone City limestone may be found not only throughout
the Midwest, but most of the country as well.
***What fun historic villages are in your area?
The reversible Sailor bow tie from The Bow Tie Shoppe is the perfect choice for Bow Tie Friday. Renee Larson has really outdone herself, and truthfully, who doesn't love a nautical themed bow tie! ***Do you have any sailor inspired clothing/accessories?
Last weekend Minneapolis said goodbye to Nye's Polonaise Restaurant. Nye's had been a Minneapolis landmark since 1950.
There was a long line to be seated, but it moved quickly.
Al Nye purchased the 1880's building and originally opened it as a bar, and being a machine shop foreman himself, he knew the importance of keep the business close to it's blue collar roots. The bar was successful and in 1964 Nye purchased the building next door to add a dining area, and thus the Polonaise Room was born. Over the years the restaurant would expand into two additional spaces. Fortunately most of the original decor has stay the same over the years.
The old light fixtures were amazing.
Even the vintage wallpaper was fun.
The restaurant was famous for it's Polka Bar, and for it's Chopin Room which included a piano lounge complete with a curved piano bar and a portrait of Chopin on the wall behind. As the restaurant grew, so did it's clientele as more and more people came to love the Polish food selections on the menu (the restaurant also served non-Polish offerings as well).
The cabbage rolls were delicious.
The Polish sausage was so it good it didn't have a chance.
When I moved to Minneapolis fourteen years ago, one of the places I was told I had to visit, was Nye's. Unfortunately I never at the occasion, so I was happy to have had the chance to eat there last weekend before they closed. While I LOVED the restaurant, the experience was bittersweet. On one hand the food was amazing, while on the other hand, was the reality that they wouldn't be here after that weekend. To say I was sad that I hadn't found my way there sooner is an understatement.
The Polka Bar.
The Chopin Dining Room, complete with a curved piano bar.
Nye's has always been a gateway location to Northeast Minneapolis, but soon it's 1880's building will be replaced by new, modern designed, apartment building. I always feel a little sad when unique old building are torn down to make way for new. I always feel that a bit of history is lost.
I was a very satisfied customer.
Nye's Polonaise closed last weekend, and for sure a bit of Minneapolis History has been lost. ***What landmark restaurants have closed in your city?