German Auto Works is a St. Louis Park, Minnesota business with a more than 45 year history in sales and service of European automobiles. Prior to that, the building started out as the stable for Engell Dairy. By 1926 it was the St. Louis Park Service Garage. It operated as a car repair garage and gas station. By 1948 it was Lambin Motors, and in the 1960’s it was Park Auto Upholstery. It became German Auto Works, founded by Don Lindall, in 1971.
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This building started out as the Engell Dairy’s stable; city records say it was built in 1926. In 1930 it belonged to Henry “Hank” A. Schroeder of the Schroeder Dairy Co., in Deephaven, who had the water connected to the main line that year. Schroeder was still the owner as of 1951.
From at least 1933 to 1946 the building was known as the St. Louis Park Service Garage. It was also a Mobil gas station (the tank was taken out in 1966). Some names associated with the property and some (non all-inclusive) dates are as follows:
1933-37: Kenneth (Kenny) Johnson
1937-42: John P. Mason (also known as Mason’s Garage)
1942: Chuck Kinser, Axel Larson
1945: Fred Haberberg
1947: R.H. Mohrbacher requested a permit to sell cars but was denied.
1948-54: (E.J.) Lambin Motors – new body shop, new management September in 1951
1950: Hank Schroeder operated Edina Motors
July 1950: A Buy-Rite Market is listed at 4827 Excelsior. Could that be this building?
1951: A fire caused $7,000 in damages. George Sedwick was the manager. Schroeder was listed as the owner, but he may have sold shortly afterwards. E.J. Lambin wrote a letter to the Village Council commending the fire department. The front office was rented to Anico Water Softeners.
One of the more interesting tenants was Nonie’s Chow Mein, which made its debut in May 1952 and operated until about 1954. An ad in the 1953 Echowan said “Daily fresh from our own Kitchen.”
1958-62: Gopher Glass
1958-70: Park Auto Upholstery (moved to 6731 Oxford in 1972)
1970: Colonial Auto Body opened in November.
1971: German Auto Works, Donald W. Lindall