Some gorgeous, historic buildings were built to inspire commerce,
some for pride –to show prosperity or power.
The Historic Bessesen was built for love.
Beatrice taught singing and acting in the conservatory on the second floor and performed in the theater below. The building has since been home to the Rivoli movie theater, a tea house, YWCA club rooms and much more. Currently, it houses Studio 1, Christian Chiropractic, It’s Worth It massage studio, Kids College and the Freeborn County Arts Initiative.
The Historic Bessesen Building, located at 224 South Broadway in Albert Lea, Minnesota, is a National Historic Landmark, and a contributing property in the National Registered Historic District. Designed by St. Paul architects Van Kirk and Cederberg, the building has a fantastic French Renaissance style facade.
Restoring a building of this size requires a serious commitment. For America to have a rich architectural and cultural history in the future we really have to make an effort now.
We are determined to succeed. Our building has inspired many. We know it could inspire many more. We need your help to get it done.
Help save the Historic Bessesen.
Freeborn County Arts Initiative
Elisha Andrew Marin
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224 S Broadway Ave
Albert Lea, MN 56007
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