Heritage Preservation

Public Service Center
250 S. 4th St., Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415



Heritage Preservation


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.

Application for Certificate of No Change

Heritage Preservation Application

Nomination Application

Preservation Appeal Application

Conservation District Plan Application

Design Guidelines for On-Premise Signs and Awnings

A Guide to Heritage Preservation in Minneapolis

Current Studies

  • Sumner T. McKnight Mansion - 2200 Park Avenue - Paul Mogush 612-673-2074
  • Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church - 5100 James Avenue North – Suado Abdi 612-673-2467
  • Arthur & Edith Lee House - 4600 Columbus Avenue – Lisa Steiner 612-673-3950
  • I.O.O.F. and White Castle Systems, Inc. - 404 and 410 West Broadway - Jim Voll 612-673-3887
  • Pillsbury Snyder Mansion - 2118 Blaisdell Avenue South - Brian Schaffer 612-673-2670
  • 4400 Lyndale Ave N - 4400, 4401, 4420 and 4430 Lyndale Ave N - Jim Voll 612-673-3887
  • Electric Steel Elevator - 600 25th Ave SE & 649 26th Ave SE - Haila Maze 612-673-2098

Upcoming Events

  • Understanding the Alteration Review Process
    Winter is a good time to plan out anticipated changes to Landmarks and properties in Historic Districts. Please consider attending a meeting designed to introduce you to the processes used by the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) to review alterations to historic properties.

    The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on February 1 at the following location:
    Minneapolis Development Review Center (Rm 300)
    Minneapolis Public Service Center
    250 4th St S
    Minneapolis, MN 55415

    At the meeting, staff will give a brief overview of locally-designated historic properties in Minneapolis, followed by an in-depth look at the review processes for a variety of alterations to historic properties, including examples of previous projects. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to discuss your specific questions and concerns with HPC staff.

    Free parking is available behind the Public Service Center, the blue building at the corner of 3rd Ave S and 3rd St S.

    Contact Andrew Frenz at 612-673-3790 with questions.
  • Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards
  • Walking and Biking Tours

Please visit the Preserve Minneapolis website for updates and information on the walking and biking tour schedule.



Last updated Jan 26, 2016