Flashback 1970s: Stacked Mobile Homes

SkyeRise Terrace, Vadnais Heights, MN, 1972

SkyeRise Terrace, Vadnais Heights, MN, 1972

SkyeRise Terrace, located a few minutes north of St. Paul, was the nation’s first multi-level mobile home park. It inspired imitations across the country, including a particularly ugly project in Mankato derisively nicknamed “Tornado Towers.” SkyeRise Terrace lasted only a couple years. The project failed, at least in part, because its water pumps were unable to supply the upper decks during winter.

 

Dave Kenney

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Freelance writer specializing in Minnesota history. Co-author of "Minnesota in the '70s," published by Minnesota Historical Society Press. The one to blame for the MN70s blog on Tumblr (MN70s.tumblr.com). Tweets at @MN70s

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