Guided tours explore historic and architecturally significant local sites

Time is running out to sign up for one of Preserve Minneapolis’ 2012 tours. The tour series offers an opportunity to explore historic and architecturally significant places in Minneapolis. On each tour, guides will tell the “stories behind the story” and give participants a greater understanding of what makes each area unique.

Among the final tour destinations for the 2012 season: Pioneer and Soldiers Cemetery, the mansion district of Park Avenue, Elliot Park, Lowry Hill and Lake of the Isles. Tours cost $5 per person; proceeds are used to help fund the tour program.

Here is a list of upcoming tours. For information on the meeting place or to register, visit

Upcoming Preserve Minneapolis Tours

Minneapolis’ Architectural Necklace: Housing along Lake of the Isles
Saturday, Aug. 18
10 a.m. – noon

The winding eastern shoreline of Lake of the Isles displays some of Minneapolis’ most splendid residential architecture, exemplifying design talents of the region’s most influential architects.

Elliot Park and the 9th Street Historic District
Saturday, Aug. 25
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Elliot Park was one of the first residential neighborhoods in downtown Minneapolis. Visit the landmarks that make it a charming urban neighborhood, and survey the promise for new development. The Band Box Diner, 19th century brownstone row houses, North Central University, and the hospital district that has defined Elliot Park as a health sciences center will be included.

Where the Elite Met: Lowry Hill in the 1890s
Sunday, Aug. 26
1 - 3 p.m.

The Mount Curve and Groveland Terrace area in Lowry Hill was one of the first upper class neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Learn about the homes built there by the city’s rich and famous families, including the Lowrys, Glueks, Donaldsons, Partridges, and Notts. See how the neighborhood has changed since its inception in 1874.

Murder and Mayhem in Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery
Saturday, Sept. 8
10 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for a walk through the seamier side of Minneapolis’ history at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery. Along the way we’ll stop and pay our respects (or not) to a host of others, both casualties and criminals, who most definitely did not die peacefully in their sleep.

Historic Park Avenue: The Southern District
Saturday, Sept. 15
10 a.m. – noon

Step back in time as you take a stroll alongside ornate Queen Annes and stately Classical Revivals to discover the differences between architectural styles; admire original photographs and hear stories of the first families, prolific architects, and master builders of these fine homes; and see how this stretch of Park Avenue is being rediscovered by many drawn to its rich history, impressive housing stock, and numerous preservation and restoration efforts.



Published Aug 14, 2012



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