International Christian Unity Bible College / Dome City (1915)

THE ICONIC DINKYTOWN DOME • • •

• 1501 University Avenue SE
• John Koester, architect
• Classical Revival-style
• Narrated by Kristen Eide-Tollefson •

Known variously as “Dome City” and “The Dinkydome,” this 1915 building’s distinctive dome has long been a landmark for the University of Minnesota and the six-block area of Marcy-Holmes known as Dinkytown. Designed by architect John Koester, the building was originally home to the Minnesota Bible College. Although it has since been converted into a combination of retail and apartments, the building remains a Dinkytown focal point.

It is uncertain where the name “Dinkytown” came from. Some suggest that the area, which borders the north side of the University’s Minneapolis campus, offered such a wide array of goods and services that it was like a small, self-contained town. Others theorize that the name came from “dinkey,” a type of small locomotive used to haul the rail cars that transported goods from the Mississippi River to other areas of the country.


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1501 University Avenue SE

1501 University Avenue SE

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Dinky Dome Sculpture

Dinky Dome Sculpture

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Early Dinky Dome Image

Early Dinky Dome Image

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Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association, “International Christian Unity Bible College / Dome City (1915),” Minneapolis Historical, accessed December 14, 2017, http://minneapolishistorical.org/items/show/86.

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