Red Wing's rich history with
The Pottery Place
The Pottery Place in Red Wing, MN is an experience you won't forget.
Construction has begun on the original structure, to house the Minnesota Stoneware Company’s production.
Building Construction Completed
Production begins on a variety of stoneware products.
February 8, 1900
A fire erupts burning the building down to the foundations. Although the exact cause is unkown, it is believed that a newly installed gas kiln could be the cause of the fire.
June 11, 1900
Building Completely Rebuilt
The demand for the stoneware products produced in The Pottery Place building was so high, that the rebuild of the enormous 4 story building was completed in just 4 years.
Tunnel Kiln Built
The tunnel kiln was built and was the longest kiln in the USA at the time.
The name officially changed to Red Wing Pottery.
Stoneware Production Closed
As available materials changed, and households and businesses now turned to plastic containers and large metal vats, the demand for stoneware containers decreased – and the stoneware line produced at The Pottery Place closed down. They still were producing pottery, but instead focused on dinnerware items that were still commonly used in households.
Red Wing Pottery Goes on Strike
Over labor issues, the Red Wing Pottery workers go on strike. And although there were talks of a resolution, the plant eventually just shut down completely. Ending the production of Red Wing Pottery produced at The Pottery Place.
1967 - 1980
Building Sat Vacant
During this period the building sat largely vacant, although it was used by various people (it is unsure whether or not they were authorized to do so) to store grain, boats, and a variety of other things.
The Building Gets a New Life
The building was renovated and brought up to modern safety codes, bringing new life into this historic building. It housed outlet stores, restaurants, offices, apartments, and retail shops.
March 1, 2007
A Change in Ownership
The building was purchased by new owners, the outlet stores were closed down but the restaurants, other retail stores, offices and apartments remained. Soon after additional apartments were added and the vision for the historic space became fully realized as a complete and charming experience.
The Pottery Place Experience
The Pottery Place is operating as a treasured experience here in Red Wing, MN. When visiting our lovely town, known for it’s history, beauty, and charm – visitors make the Pottery Place there must see stop! History, food, shopping, lodging, (and there’s even some working going on in the offices housed here). This is one place you won’t want to miss!
Interested in one of our rental opportunities?
Whether you’re looking for a long-term apartment, or are wanting to open up a shop in one of our retail spaces – contact us today to get it set up!