Despatch Laundry

Individual Landmark




Circa 1980

Address: 2611 1st Avenue South

Neighborhood: Whittier

Construction Date: 1929

Contractor: Neumeir Johnson

Architect: Louis Boynton Bersback

Architectural Style: Moorish Revival

Historic Use: Commercial

Current Use: Commercial

Date of Local Designation: 1984

Date of National Register Designation: N/A

Area of Significance: Architecture

Period of Significance: 1900-

Historic Profile: The Despatch Laundry Building is architecturally significant as a representative of the resurgence of exotic stylistic forms in the early twentieth century. In 1929, Despatch Laundry commissioned Minneapolis architect Louis Boynton Bersback to design a building to house the company’s office and rug cleaning facilities. The uses of exotic forms such as a bay window and the copper clad Moorish dome on a building of such utilitarian function as well as its setting within a primarily nineteenth century residential neighborhood have made it a unique contribution to the community.

Photo Credits:

Circa 1980, Unknown

2006 photo, Minneapolis CPED

Works Cited:

City of Minneapolis, "Local Heritage Preservation Designation Study," January 1982

Updated: February 2007

Last updated Nov 21, 2011



Contact us

Email updates

Find a service

About this site

For employees

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats, contact 311.
People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000.
TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-637-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500. 


311 call center

TTY relay service

City of Minneapolis Facebook City of Minneapolis Twitter City of Minneapolis YouTube ChaNNEL Minneapolis 311 Minneapolis 14 Government TV City of Minneapolis LinkedIn

Minneapolis, City of Lakes logo