Heritage Preservation Commission

Public Service Center
250 S. 4th St., Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-673-3000

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Minneapolis Heritage Preservation:
Building a future for Minneapolis... by preserving its past

Why preserve? Preserving significant parts of our past gives us a sense of our "roots," and helps us remember where we came from and see where we want to go.

What should be preserved? Not everything should be preserved. Just because a building or district is old doesn’t mean it should be saved. To be considered for designation, a building or district must represent and reflect elements of the city’s culture, social, economic, religious, political, architectural, or aesthetic heritage.

Nearly 150 individual properties are designated as landmarks in the City of Minneapolis. In addition, there are twelve locally designated historic districts in Minneapolis. Properties include churches, workers’ cottages, mansions, bridges, warehouses, and commercial blocks, among others. Landmark and district designation have many potential benefits for the community: improved public profile, heightened local pride, increased property values, attraction of new business and residential investment, and preservation of the area’s unique character and heritage.

What does designation mean? Designation is a form of protection for significant properties and districts. Many of the City’s designated properties are buildings, but there are also bridges, landscapes, streets and more. Once designated for heritage preservation, a property cannot be modified or removed without review by CPED and the HPC. However, designation does not mean freezing a building in time. Many projects throughout the City demonstrate the commitment of the local government and the private sector to "adaptively reuse" old buildings and find new uses that enable historic building to remain a part of the city’s living history.

Who preserves? An extensive network of preservation agencies at the national, state and local levels coordinates public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our cultural and historic resources.

What does CPED and the HPC do?

Where can I get more information?

There are two ways to get more information:

Heritage Landmarks and Districts Website

The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and Minneapolis CPED are excited to announce the launch of a new website that will serve as an interactive database for discovering and researching locally historic landmarks and districts in Minneapolis. Profiles for each landmark and district include historic and recent photographs, key facts such as architects, styles, and the year of construction, as well as a brief paragraph describing each landmarks unique contribution to Minneapolis history. Check it out at Minneapolis Landmarks & Historic Districts!

Last Updated March 2013

Last updated Feb. 13, 2014