Gargoyles in South Minneapolis

In the early 1900s, Swan J. Turnblad, a Swedish immigrant who became rich publishing a Swedish-language newspaper, built a 33 room castle with turrets, gargoyles, hand carved woodwork and porcelain tile stoves in South Minneapolis. 

 Twenty one years later the family donated it to the community. It is now home to the American Swedish Institute.

I took these pictures on a drizzly day over a year ago. It’s located less than 2 miles from my house and 2 blocks from the pharmacy I use but I’m waiting for the construction to be completed before I go back.


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