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Under the WPA, unemployed stonemasons created each beehive using a wooden pattern, hand-cutting each block of limestone quarried from the Minnesota River near the Mendota Bridge.
- Each stone was cut by hand
- Graeser Park’s beehive in Robbinsdale, Minnesota was built by stonemason John Schulte of Minneapolis, MN
- Entrance signs, limestone picnic tables, pools and rock gardens were built alongside the beehives
- Workers built seven parks with rustic entrance signs, stone overlooks, picnic areas, and even ornamental pools and rock gardens in addition to the beehive fireplaces
- Fixtures provided work for local stonemasons, as another part of the WPA project
- Masonry is well-executed
- Stonework displays special labor-intensive construction techniques and distinctive use of indigenous materials that characterize both the Rustic style and federal relief construction in MN
Stonemason John J. Schulte of Minneapolis built the beehive fireplace in Graeser Park in Robbinsdale.
“His complete knowledge of the craft to which he has devoted his life is responsible in no small degree for the stone tables, benches and outdoor fireplaces and open grills at each of seven picnic spots along the Belt Line.” — The Minneapolis Morning Tribune, December 16th, 1941.