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Gold Medal Flour Building

Gold Medal Flour Building
Gold Medal Flour Building

Sally Grayson | Gold Medal Flour Building | Oil on Canvas | 1994 | Private Collection

This was one of my favorite buildings in Minneapolis long before it was renovated and made into a museum.  I used to slowly driver or bike by this building and just admire it's beautiful decay.  Finally, I spent some time in front of the building and attempted to paint its grandeur.  One of the days I was there with some friends, some folks came by and asked if we had ever been in the building and if we wanted to check out the inside.  I jumped at the chance.  What an experience that was- climbing up a stair case and then eventually up across a rusty staircase (the one that makes those gorgeous shadows).  It was just as mysterious and intriguing on the inside as on the outside.

Today the Gold Medal Flour Building is a museum and this painting was sold to collectors in the renovated and beautiful condos that are Gold Medal Flour Buildings neighbors.