Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dinkydome Being Remodeled

Many years ago I attended Minnesota Bible College, located on University Ave SE and 15th Ave SE. Some time after I left the school, the girl's dormitory in the adjacent lot was torn down and replaced by a parking lot. In the 70's, the college sold the building and relocated to Rochester, changing their name to Crossroads College. The Grecian-style building which housed our classes and chapel, became a mall called "Dinkydome." Yes, that's right. A mall. I returned years later to see coffee shops and boutiques where we once listened to professors and sang our hearts out.

It was a surprise to see this property mentioned in the news yesterday. A builder has purchased the school building and the property where our dorm stood and is adding a 198 apartment unit to the back of Dinkydome. [This drawing is from 4th St SE and 15th Ave SE - McDonald's - looking toward the Dome, which is just to the right of the multi-story building. The University of Minnesota buildings are in the background.]


MamaD4 said...

That's a great location for apartments!

Pat said...

That is my old stomping grounds. While going to school there I spent a lot of time in that neighborhood--sometimes caught the bus right at that corner. Did a few assignments while drinking coffee at McD's. Looks different with that big building but I guess it is all in the name of progress.