Calhoun Beach Club

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Calhoun Beach Club
Calhoun Beach Club 2015.jpg
The Calhoun Beach Club viewed from the south
Calhoun Beach Club is located in Minnesota
Calhoun Beach Club
Calhoun Beach Club is located in the United States
Calhoun Beach Club
Location2730 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Coordinates44°56′59″N 93°18′54″W / 44.94972°N 93.31500°W / 44.94972; -93.31500Coordinates: 44°56′59″N 93°18′54″W / 44.94972°N 93.31500°W / 44.94972; -93.31500
Area2.128 acres (0.861 ha)
Built1928–9, 1946
ArchitectNicol, Charles Wheeler; Magney & Tusler
Architectural styleColonial Revival
NRHP reference #03001335[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 23, 2003

The Calhoun Beach Club is an apartment community, health club, and commercial center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, just across Lake Street from its namesake Lake Calhoun (now called Bde Maka Ska). Its founders intended the club to meet their residential, recreational, and entertainment needs in one building.[2] The original building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 23, 2003.[1] It is considered significant as a rare local example of an apartment hotel, a distinctive urban housing option of American cities in the 1920s.[3]


Construction of the building began in 1928, but it was delayed for approximately 18 years due to the Great Depression. After World War II construction was completed, and it became a lively social club. Financial hard times in the early 1950s forced the club into bankruptcy. The building was converted to a hotel in 1954 and was marketed as a place for social events such as proms, parties, luncheons, banquets, and wedding receptions. The upper floors were converted into fashionable apartments. WTCN (now KARE television and WWTC radio) moved its radio and TV studios to the second and third floors around that time.[4] Staples of WTCN programming, such as the children's program Lunch with Casey and All Star Wrestling with Verne Gagne, aired live in the building.[5] From 1963 to 1972, the property was renamed Calhoun Beach Manor, operating as a home for the elderly.[4]

In 1977 the building was restored to its intended use as a sports and social club. The handball and squash courts and the swimming pool were restored, and the club installed tennis courts, steam rooms, saunas, sunrooms, and a jogging track. At that time, the lobby was restored in an Art Deco style. Later, in the 1980s, the club added more facilities, such as an aerobics studio, volleyball and basketball courts, and additional exercise equipment.[4]

In 1997 a tower addition was designed by KKE architects and subsequently constructed.[6]

In 2001 the property was renovated and converted to luxury apartment homes.

The original building – the oldest high-rise residential building outside of downtown Minneapolis' core[7] – was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 23, 2003.

Calhoun Beach Club Apartments[edit]

The Calhoun Beach Club community is located in the Uptown-Lakes area, overlooking Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, Cedar Lake and downtown Minneapolis, MN. The Calhoun Beach Club community consists of 332 apartment homes, divided amongst 57 different floorplans. Apartment homes vary from studios up to 4-bedrooms, which range from 600 sq ft (56 m2) to 3,400 sq ft (320 m2). The property is currently owned and operated by Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO).[citation needed]

Calhoun Beach Club Commercial Tenants[edit]

Calhoun Beach Club includes 11 retails spaces, seven of which are currently occupied by the Urban Eatery restaurant, Sash Salon, Strauman Holistic Chiropractic, Uptime Nutrition, D'Amico Catering and Sales, Beck and Tysver, and the Calhoun Beach Health Club.[citation needed]

The 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2) Calhoun Beach Health Club features high-tech fitness equipment, a full range of exercise and fitness classes including Pilates, ballroom dancing, strength-building, yoga and a running club. In addition, Calhoun Beach Club has indoor and outdoor pools, restaurants, a full-service salon, fitness classes, outdoor recreational equipment, and a tanning salon.[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Minnesota Preservation Planner: Fall 2006" (PDF). Minnesota Historical Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
  3. ^ Trout-Oertel, Diane (March 2003). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Calhoun Beach Club". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  4. ^ a b c "Travel Channel Destination Guides: Minneapolis-St. Paul". Retrieved 2008-03-05.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Others remember Casey Jones". Retrieved 2008-03-05.
  6. ^ "Calhoun Beach Club Apartments, Minneapolis". Emporis Buildings. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
  7. ^ "The Vintage Apartments, Minneapolis". Emporis Buildings. Retrieved 2008-03-05.

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