Hennepin Center for the Arts

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Masonic Temple
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°58′46″N 93°16′24″W / 44.97944°N 93.27333°W / 44.97944; -93.27333Coordinates: 44°58′46″N 93°16′24″W / 44.97944°N 93.27333°W / 44.97944; -93.27333
Built 1888
Architect Long and Kees
Architectural style Richardsonian Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 75000987[1]
Added to NRHP September 5, 1975

The Hennepin Center for the Arts (HCA) was built in 1888 as a Masonic Temple. The structure was built by Long and Kees in the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style.[2] In 1978, it was purchased and underwent a renovation to become the HCA.[3] It is located at 528 Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently, it is owned by Artspace and is home to more than 17 performing and visual art companies who reside on the building's eight floors.[4] The eighth floor is the Illusion Theater, which hosts many shows put on by companies in the building.

HCA is now a part of the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts (formerly the Minnesota Shubert Performing Arts and Education Center). The new performing arts center is a three-building complex that includes the renovated Shubert Theatre building (renamed the Goodale Theater) and a new glass-walled atrium connecting the two historic buildings and serving them both as a common lobby. The Cowles Center hosted a three-day Grand Opening Gala September 9–11, 2011.

A more recent photo of the building


  1. ^ National Park Service (2006-03-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Nord, Mary Ann (2003). The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 0-87351-448-3. 
  3. ^ "Masonic Temple". City of Minneapolis. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  4. ^ "Hennepin Center For the Arts". Minneapolis' Masonic Masterpiece. Artspace Projects Inc. 2007-01-01. 

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