Your neighborhood guide to
Minneapolis Historic Homes
About Historic Minneapolis Real Estate
Several Minneapolis neighborhoods have properties dating back to the turn of the century and even the mid- to late 1800s. Minneapolis was first settled in the 1820s and 1830s, following the establishment of Fort Snelling and the founding of Saint Anthony and Minneapolis settlements along the Mississippi River. As the two cities grew and eventually merged, and as a streetcar system allowed easier transit from the river to outlying areas, Minneapolitans began building the neighborhoods we know today.
Historic homes in Minneapolis, which are homes built more than 70 years ago, have been beautifully renovated and restored in many neighborhoods, with some being converted into duplexes or fourplexes and others remaining single-family residences.
Willard-Homewood in North Minneapolis
One of the city’s first planned developments, the Willard-Homewood neighborhood is located in Near North Minneapolis and has several historic homes built in the early 1900s. This is also the site of the Old Highland Community, a 30-square block area with large, Victorian Queen Anne homes built in the late 19th century.
The Harmon Place Historic District near Loring Park has several historic mansions and large homes built in the late 1800s, as well as 1920s brownstone apartment buildings. This area’s Renaissance Revival homes were designed with heavy sheet metal cornices and terra cotta or stone trim.
Kenwood has a number of beautifully restored, upper bracket Victorians, Mediterraneans, Colonials and Tudor-style homes. Located in Calhoun Isles, Kenwood is known for its luxury homes and renovated homes from the pre-1940s.
Nicollet Island - East Bank
Nicollet Island is a treasure trove of historic homes with all but two houses on the island built in the mid-to-late 19th century.
The Washburn-Fair Oaks Historic District located in the Whittier neighborhood has several turn-of-the-century homes built by prominent Minneapolis developers. Centered on the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the district features a variety of popular architectural styles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Georgian Revival, Medieval Revival and Renaissance Revival as well as late Victorian brownstones.
Marcy Holmes and Seward
The Fifth Street Southeast Historic District in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood of Minneapolis exhibits popular 19th century architectural styles including Italianate Revival, Greek Revival and Richardsonian Romanesque. Remarkably, many of these buildings remain unaltered.
The nearby Seward neighborhood has late 19th century homes that were restored in the 1970s and bestowed with National Historic Preservation Status.
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