Chowen Park’s Post-WWII Construction Boom
Chowen Park is one of the more densely populated neighborhoods in Edina, which is remarkable because the majority of the houses in the neighborhood were constructed in a handful of years in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Take all the disruption of construction today in portions of Edina, including in Chowen Park, and multiply it by scores. Practically the whole area between Xerxes and France Avenues from 54th to 58th was under construction at the same time.
A scattering of homes existed in the neighborhood before World War II. Most were built in the Chowen Park, or southern, half of the White Investment Company’s Hidden Valley addition on either side of Minnehaha Creek. (The other half…