Prince’s residence and studio

680 North Arm Drive, Orono

Where Prince conceived "Dirty Mind"

Located on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, a location famously referred to in his debut movie Purple Rain (1984), Prince rented this property between 1979 and early 1981. The house in this bucolic suburb birthed what one critic called Prince's “creation song”—Dirty Mind (1980). The album, arguably the first full-length album to fully capture all the elements of what became known as the “Minneapolis Sound,” was conceived, written, and recorded here. Rolling Stone noted that on Dirty Mind, "Prince’s sly wit — intentionally coarse — amounts to nothing less than an early, prescient call to arms against the elitist puritanism of the Reagan era.”

The house was demolished in 1982 after a fire, and a new building built on its foundations.

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Former site of Prince�™s rental property on North Arm Bay of Lake Minnetonka, 2018.

Former site of Prince™s rental property on North Arm Bay of Lake Minnetonka, 2018.

Prince™s rental property on North Arm Bay of Lake Minnetonka. Prince rented the property in the town of Orono from late 1979 through early 1981 and recorded his seminal album Dirty Mind here in May and June 1980. The original house was demolished after a fire in 1982, and a new house was built on its foundations. | Source: Photo credit: Kristen Zschomler, 2018. | Creator: Kristen Zschomler View File Details Page

View across North Arm Bay of Lake Minnetonka to Prince�™s former home and studio, 2018.

View across North Arm Bay of Lake Minnetonka to Prince™s former home and studio, 2018.

View across North Arm Bay of Lake Minnetonka to Prince™s home and studio. Prince rented the property in Orono, MN from late 1979 through early 1981 and recorded his seminal album Dirty Mind here in May and June 1980. The original house was demolished after a fire in 1982, and a new house was built on its foundations. | Source: Photo credit: Kristen Zschomler, 2018. | Creator: Kristen Zschomler. View File Details Page

City inspection request for 680 North Arm Drive from “Prinz Nelson,”in 1979.

City inspection request for 680 North Arm Drive from “Prinz Nelson,”in 1979.

City inspection request for 680 North Arm Drive from “Prinz Nelson,”in 1979. Prince rented a now-demolished house here for just over a year, and recorded his seminal record Dirty Mind here, even though the album sleeve said it was recorded “Somewhere in Uptown”. | Source: Photo credit: Kristen Zschomler, 2018. | Creator: Kristen Zschomler. View File Details Page

Street Address:

680 North Arm Drive, Orono [map]

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Kirsten Delegard, Michael Lansing and Kristen Zschomler, “Prince’s residence and studio,” Augsburg Digi-Tours, accessed December 14, 2018, http://digitours.augsburg.edu/items/show/38.

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