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Southdale Center, Edina,

Adolph F. Meyer papers, 1901–1971
Collection includes project files and related papers of a hydraulic engineer and inventor who for many years maintained a consulting practice in Minneapolis (Minn.). The files include correspondence and memoranda, notes and calculations, project reports, maps, mechanical drawings, photographs, and hydrological, meteorological, and other data.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Books & Other Publications

Southdale Regional Shopping Center
A pamphlet advertising Southdale Mall. 
MNHS call number: HF5430.5.E34 S68 1960z
Victor Gruen Associates, Architecture, Planning, Engineering. 
Includes a brief history of the company, short biographies of major associates, brief information on other associates, a list of major awards and a representative list of clients, and photographs of the firm's significant projects, including Southdale Shopping Center (pages 26-27).
Los Angeles: The Associates, 1966.
MNHS call number: NA737 .V44 1966
Shopping Towns USA: The Planning of Shopping Centers, by Victor Gruen and Larry Smith.
New York: Reinhold Pub. Corp., [1960].
Author Victor Gruen was the architect for Southdale Mall.
MNHS call number: HF5429 .G75

Government Records

City of Edina, Southdale Shopping Center Development Plans, 1953-1956
Development plans for the Southdale Shopping Center in the city of Edina, including site plans and profiles, site details, utilities, building plans and profiles, a street improvement plan, a master plan for realty development in the Southdale area, and site plan for a proposed medical center. Victor Gruen was the architect.
Note: According to the City Planning Department, these are not the as-built plans, but are very similar to the as-builts.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Hennepin County, Edina).

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