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What Happened to John Bradstreet’s Japanese Temple in Lake of the Isles?

An artist’s depiction of Bradstreet’s Island. (The Bellman, January 20, 1912)

One hundred years ago the Minneapolis park board lost a Japanese temple and garden with a graceful torii gate and stone lanterns called ishidoro. It’s hard to say who lost it or why it was lost, or even precisely when; we know only that it disappeared sometime around a century ago. It would have been the centerpiece of a popular Minneapolis attraction — smack in the middle of Lake of the Isles. Read on…