We found this cute little footed dish at an antique shop in Rochester. It was part of the china collection for the Hotel Radisson in downtown Minneapolis. Ms. Bungalow’s grandma worked at the Radisson for many years, and in a family without a lot of heirlooms, this is about as close as we will get to family china. If the dish has a mark or stamp to note the year it was made, I haven’t been able to find it.
Although Grandma is still with us, the old Hotel Radisson is not. According to a brief history attributed to the Carlson Companies (owners of Radisson hotels) public relations department, the Radisson was one of the finest hotels in the country when it was built in 1909. Among its first-class amenities, it was notable for being one of the first hotels in the country to include telephones in every guest room. The original Hotel Radisson in downtown Minneapolis was demolished in 1982 to make way for a modern replacement with more conference space and better parking– and a lot less history and character.
Twenty-five years later, Minneapolis appears to regret losing some of its heirloom buildings. Developers are busy turning art-deco-era office buildings like the Foshay and Ivy Towers into luxury hotels and condos, touting their historic character. These projects will be great, but it’s too bad we didn’t save more of the actual historic hotels. At least some of the old Radisson’s china survived to see our civic change of heart.