Heritage preservation helps preserve the community’s unique identity, culture, and character by protecting significant historic resources from the city’s past. Community interest in preservation has resulted in over 1,200 designated properties, including over 160 landmarks and 15 historic districts.
Landmarks and historic districts enhance the city’s unique identity, quality of life, and economic vitality. CPED staff coordinates with the Heritage Preservation Commission to review rehabilitation, repair, new construction, and demolition requests for designated properties and historic resources. CPED staff and the Heritage Preservation Commission also conduct ongoing research of eligible sites and districts, evaluate the significance of buildings and districts, and recommend the designation of historic properties.
Landmarks and Districts Map
All modifications to designated properties require review by CPED staff. On small projects limited to minor alterations of a designated property, CPED staff can conduct preservation reviews administratively. On larger projects that include major alterations of a designated property, CPED staff conducts reviews and prepares recommendations that are presented at public hearings before the Heritage Preservation Commission. Review is commonly limited to only exterior alterations to a property, although a few properties also require interior alteration review if their interior is designated.
A Guide to Heritage Preservation in Minneapolis
- Homewood Potential Historic District – Homewood subdivision (bounded by Penn Avenue on the east, Theodore Wirth Park on the west, Plymouth Avenue on the north, and Oak Park Avenue on the south) – John Smoley, 612-673-2830
- Minneapolis Armory – 500 6th ST S – Brian Schaffer 612-673-2670
- Tilsenbilt Homes Potential Historic District – various addresses - Andrew Frenz 612-673-3790
- Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church - 5100 James Avenue North – Suado Abdi 612-673-2467
- Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2501 Columbus Avenue
- Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards
- Walking and Biking Tours
- Native American Context Statement & Reconnaissance-Level Survey Supplement
- Tilsenbilt Homes Potential Historic District Designation Study and Design Guideline Development
- Homewood Historic District Designation Study and Design Guideline Development
Last updated Feb 13, 2017