Providence Place is located in the Standish Ericcson neighborhood of south Minneapolis. Until the early 1900s, the area was considered the outskirts of Minneapolis until a flux of people began building their homes here, creating stable, thriving yet quiet neighborhoods along the Hiawatha Avenue corridor. Today, there are beautiful parks, playgrounds, recreational areas, schools, and libraries, making it a vibrant area to live. One of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular regional parks, the Minnehaha Historic District, is nearby and features Minnehaha Creek with its popular falls. Lake Nokomis and the Hiawatha Golf Course are also close by for those who love recreation. Two light rail transit stations (38th Street and 46th Street) offer easy access to downtown Minneapolis, the Mall of America, and the airport. There are many quaint and charming neighborhoods nearby, including Powderhorn, Corcoran, Longfellow, Bryant, Northrop, Midtown, Seward and West.
The site of Providence Place has had a colorful past. In 1926, the Nile Theater opened on the site, which seated just fewer than 300. It was then purchased by local businessmen, Sidney and William Volk in 1932, and after damage from a fire, the Volks spent $100,000 to rebuild the Nile in 1936. The new theater seated over 1,000. The newer Nile Theater was designed by architect Perry Crosier, who went on to design the Hopkins Theater in the suburb of the same name several years later. The decor was an Art Deco-Egyptian hybrid, complete with Egyptian lobby furniture, and several large panels copied from ancient Egyptian temples covering the auditorium’s walls. The hieroglyphics spelled out greetings and blessings for theater patrons.
In the early ’60s, the theater was somewhat modernized, but maintained its ’30s decor. The Nile Theater was included in a 1963 article in Life magazine on movie houses. Falling into decline beginning in the ’70s, the theater was closed in 1982 and torn down soon afterwards.
In 1983, a skilled nursing facility was built, which later became Providence Place. In 1998, Providence Place was purchased by its current owner, Senior Care Communities, Inc. Since then, several renovations and upgrades have taken place, highlighting Providence Place’s dedication to provide a high quality living environment for all of its residents.