3945 Market street
edina, mn 55424

Rich History

The corner of 50th & France in Edina at the border of Southwest Minneapolis has long been one of the Twin Cities premier retail destinations. Not only does it feature an array of charming shops, boutiques and services, it also has wonderful restaurants, a movie theater featuring independent and foreign films, and an upscale grocery store.

With gracious brick-paved sidewalks, streets lined with flower pots and a place to relax around a fountain, this is a delightful spot to spend a leisurely afternoon shopping, eating and relaxing.

The district was a forerunner of the new concept of walkable urban neighborhood centers—a living example long before it became a popular trend.

Image: 50th looking east circa 1950
Image: 50th & France looking west circa 1950
Image: 50th & France circa 1944
Image: Nolan’s Golf Terrace Cafe
Image: Nolan’s Golf Terrace Cafe Matchbook

Looking forward

Nolan Mains is an homage to Leo Nolan’s 1940’s café, Nolan’s Golf Terrace Café which described itself as the “newest, most unusual building of all time.” While maybe not the most unusual, Nolan Mains will certainly be the newest building in Edina’s 50th & France neighborhood.

The Nolan Mains project is the first major development in Edina's 50th and France District in over 10 years. This transformation is dramatically enhancing the district while staying rooted in the architectural design and spirit that makes 50th & France special. What once was Leo’s backyard garage will become home to a public square, 100 luxury apartments, cafés and shopping galore—Edina’s new gathering place.

Image: 50th & France district, Nov. 2018