2011 Minneapolis Summer Walking and Biking Tours – July
Celebrate summer this year by enjoying a walking or biking tour of historic Minneapolis sponsored by Preserve Minneapolis! In 2011, Preserve Minneapolis,
a non-profit, volunteer organization of historic preservationists, gladly assumed responsibilities from the City of Minneapolis for the Minneapolis Walking Tours.
Preserve Minneapolis is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Minneapolis by recognizing, preserving, and revitalizing the architectural and related cultural resources of the city of Minneapolis. Starting in 2011, we are asking participants to pay approximately $5 per tour (see each tour for details). The fees will be reinvested to fund a perpetual tour program.
Register for all tours on the Tours
page of the Preserve Minneapolis website. Most tours will continue, regardless of inclement weather. When space allows we will accept last-minute additions and will take cash payments the day of the tour.
Milwaukee Avenue Historic District
Date: Saturday, July 2, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Place: Intersection of Franklin and Milwaukee Avenues
Guide: Robert Roscoe
Milwaukee Avenue is home to the most intact cluster of late-nineteenth-century railroad worker cottages in the city. Discover the picturesque Victorian homes that line the avenue and learn how a neighborhood group’s efforts saved this charming street from demolition.
Nokomis Knoll Historic District – New Tour
Date: Saturday, July 9, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Place: Intersection of East 52nd St. and Bloomington Ave. S.
Guide: Molly McCartney
There is a triathlon at Lake Nokomis, so attendees need to be mindful of traffic issues.
Charming Nokomis Knoll typifies Minneapolis residential development of the 1920s and 1930s. Located close to the Cedar and Bloomington streetcar lines, Nokomis Knoll embodied housing trends of the time, including architectural styles like Tudor Revival and the inclusion of attached garages signifying an emerging car culture. The tour will highlight how cultural issues affect neighborhoods and how home improvements can be historically sensitive.
Minneapolis Warehouse District – New Tour
Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: Truss bridge on Washington Ave. N., west of 3rd Ave. N.
Guide: Rolf Anderson
A new tour that will focus on the western portion of the district along Washington Ave that has not been included in previous tours! Located just west of Hennepin Avenue in Downtown, the Warehouse District is Minnesota’s largest commercial historic district. This area was the major jobbing center for the upper Midwest during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Experience the district’s many renowned commercial buildings, designed by the city’s most distinguished architects.
Historic Old Highland Walking Tour – New Tour
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Place: Ascension Church, 1723 Bryant Ave. N.
Guides: Brian Bushay and Tammy Lindberg
The Old Highland neighborhood has many intact Victorian houses from the 1880s and 1890s. Two homes and the former North Branch Library are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Complementing this architectural era is a diverse mix of 1920s bungalows, post-Depression era housing and early examples of urban renewal development. Today Old Highland is a charismatic and progressive neighborhood, which welcomes diversity among its residents.
Hennepin Avenue Theaters
Date: Saturday, July 23, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Place: State Theater (outer lobby), 805 Hennepin Ave.
Guide: Christopher Yaeger
Visit the State and Orpheum Theaters. This walking tour Includes a section of the Hennepin Theater District and exclusive access to theater interiors. Experience a memorable moment on stage and go behind the scenes while exploring back stage.
Como-Harriet Streetcar Line
Date: Sunday July 24, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: Intersection of W. 34th St. and Irving Ave. S.
Guide: Aaron Isaacs
Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Streetcar Museum. Explore the abandoned and reconstructed streetcar line. The tour will include remnants of the original Twin Cities Rapid Transit streetcar line, the former Lyndale Hotel site, the Museum’s car barn, and the Linden Hills business district, concluding with a vintage streetcar ride!
East Lake Harriet Parks and Residences – New Tour
Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: Intersection of Fremont Ave. S. and W. 42nd St.
Guide: Peter Sussman
Col. Wm. S. King dreamed of the transformation of his countryside Lyndale Farm into public parks and neighborhoods at Lake Harriet. We will visit Lyndale Park and the stately residences just east of the lake, which took shape in the early 20th century, just beyond King’s lifetime. Co-sponsored by the Linden Hills History Study Group and the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association.