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