La Grange Park
Next to the Riverfront Centre, at the corner of Main and Bush Streets, La Grange Park is a little pocket park with a fountain and charming sculptures. It's a good place to bring a picnic lunch while enjoying the sunshine.
I haven't been able to find the name of the artist responsible for the figurative pieces scattered through the site. Does the anyone know?
Red Wing Post Office
The Post Office is one of the "anchor buildings" in the "Historic Mall District," which is a rich concentration of public buildings and churches. The Mall is located on a triangular tract of land running perpendicular from the river north into the heart of the town.
Many of the buildings - including the Post Office - were constructed in the first decade of the 20th century, in a co-ordinated effort to create a dignified public space. The "City Beautiful" was a national phenomenon, and Red Wing has one of the best preserved examples in a smaller town.
The Post Office, at 222 West Avenue, is in the Classical Revival style, and was opened in 1908.
Red Wing City Hall
Another fine building by the Minneapolis architect Lowell Lamoureaux, who also designed the nearby Sheldon Auditorium. The City Hall shows the pride of this town, located on half a city block, decorated with numerous classical touches. I like the triangular pediments above the windows on the ground floor.
Fourth and Plum Streets
First Lutheran Church
Originally, this was the Swedish Lutheran Church in Red Wing. The building dates back to 1895. (You may at first why there are so many Lutheran churches within a small area - well, this is Minnesota, and you wouldn't want to have the Swede Lutherans and the German Lutherans worshipping together! Uff da.)
On the mall, at the corner of West AVenue and Fifth.
If theres a fair going on...
If theres a fair going on while you're here, make sure to go, Minnesotans love food on a stick! There's corn on a stick, corn dogs, pork chops on a stick, ribs on a stick, cotton candy on a stick...no if they could only put Tom Thumb donuts on a stick...Tom Thumb donuts are the BEST!!! Have some!
...don't forget the beer garden!