The historic White Castle building on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis is available for rent for the first time in years.
The 1,700 square foot property is listed as available in October for $2,750 a month, according to the Craigslist ad. Property owner and architect Pat Fitzgerald told BMTN the current tenant, Xcentric Goods, a collective of antique dealers, is easing into retirement, so she's looking for a new tenant.
"As an architect, I’ve had the honor to work on some pretty special buildings," Fitzgerald said. "I was the project manager for the Mill City Museum and the project architect for the U.S. Senate Library in Washington, D.C. — but I’ve never worked on a castle, much less owned one, but who wouldn’t want to be queen?"
She would like to keep the use of the castle "local, fun and fitting," Fitzgerald said, noting the interest in leasing the space has been "tremendous" and she didn't expect the ad to go viral.
The property is zoned C-1, but out of respect for the White Castle brand, "there can be no burgers, booze or porn," she said. So far, the uses pitched for the site range from boutique clothing, antiques, jewlery, photography, art gallery, tattoo, hair salon and spa, CBD, bike shop, record store and recording studio.
The historic building, called White Castle Building No. 8, was built in 1936 and was one of the few prefabricated, portable buildings the White Castle fast-food chain built, according to the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). It was the eighth White Castle in the region.
The building itself has been moved twice in its 84 years. White Castle Building No. 8 was originally at 616 Washington Ave. SE, but when the lease expired in 1950, it was relocated to 329 Central Ave. SE, where it remained until it was moved in 1984 to its current site at 3252 Lyndale Ave. S, SAH says.
The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
Fitzgerald, who also owns the building at 3350 Lyndale Ave. S that houses Five Watt Coffee, has owned the property for about five years. She bought it from Randy McPeck, a goldsmith and "talented accordion guru," she said. Before McPeck, Calamity Jane, an all-female construction company, owned the castle. They coordinated the move of the castle to its current site on Lyndale.
According to the Craigslist ad, the upper level has black rubber flooring and white walls and the lower level has a stained concrete floor with a private access door, a full bath with a shower, a utility room with a big sink, a mechanical room with storage space.