Marcy-Holmes History: Hiding in Plain Sight

Tour curated by: Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association

EXPLORE THE OLDEST NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE CITY • • •

The 24 historical sites in this tour (listed below) tell stories of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood—what was once the town of Saint Anthony Falls—from 1849 through the early twentieth century. Historical information was drawn from Penny Petersen’s 1999 book, "Hiding in Plain Sight: Minneapolis’ First Neighborhood" and the stops on the tour correspond with the 24 bronze sculptures lining the neighborhood's 6th Ave. Gateway.

Read brief stories and view images about each historical site, or put on your headset to be taken on the tour by neighborhood residents, business owners and friends.

• Visit the 24 historical sites (about 3 miles to see all)
• Stroll or roll through the open-air gallery of bronze sculptures (a 2-block stretch of 6th Avenue SE)

See Intro for credits.

Locations for Tour

FROM SAINT ANTHONY FALLS TO MARCY-HOLMES • • • • Narrated by Penny Petersen • The waterfalls here on the Mississippi are the most abrupt drop in the river’s more than 2,300-mile length. To the indigenous peoples who first lived in…

CAPTURING HISTORY ARTISTICALLY • • • • 6th Ave. SE from University to Main St. SE • • Narrated by Ben Heywood • • Commentary by Aldo Moroni and Ben Heywood • The Marcy-Holmes Gateway is an open-air gallery displaying part of…

AN AUXILIARY FIRE HOUSE TO PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY • • • • 528-530 University Ave. SE • George Bertrand and Arthur Chamberlin, architects • Italianate-style • Narrated by Alex Roberts • Designed by George Bertrand and Arthur…

A DOUBLE-HEATED PRAIRIE-STYLE HOME • • • • 925 6th Street SE • Ernest Kennedy, architect • Prairie-style • Narrated by Bruce Ballanger • This 1903 brick house, an early example of Prairie-style architecture by Minneapolis…

ONCE OBSCURED CLASSIC ARCHITECTURE NOW SHINES BRIGHT • • • • 511 4th Avenue SE • Architect Unknown • Greek Revival-style • Narrated by Ted Tucker • When millwright Octavius Broughton arrived from New England in 1854,…

FROM BROOM HANDLES TO VINEGAR • • • • 129 6th Avenue SE • Architect Unknown • Narrated by Doug Forbes • Built in 1884 by James R. Shepard at a cost of $8,000, this building started life as a factory. Broom handles were made here,…

ONE OF OUR FIRST SCHOOLS • • • • 25 University Avenue SE • Edward Stebbins, architect • French Second Empire and Classical Revival styles • Narrated by Beatrice Kennedy-Logan • Schools were among the first public institutions…

MINNEAPOLIS' OLDEST MASONRY COMMERCIAL BUILDING • • • • 117, 123-27, 129 Main Street • Benjamin Cutter, Unknown and Carl Struck, architects • Greek Revival, Italianate Revival and Queen Anne-styles • Narrated by Victoria…

THE LARGEST FLOUR MILL IN THE WORLD • • • • 3rd Avenue and Main Street SE • Leroy Buffington and W. F. Gunn, architects • Heavy mill construction • Narrated by John "Pat" Patricelli • The pride of John Pillsbury’s…

DIVERSIFICATION: ONE MAN'S ROAD TO SUCCESS • • • • 701 5th Street SE • Architect Unknown • Greek and Italianate Revival styles • Narrated by Linda Messenger • John Dudley arrived in St. Anthony in 1852—not to make his…

A MUCH-LOVED COUPLE—AND THEIR HORSE • • • • 603 5th Street SE • Architect Unknown • Greek and Italianate styles • Narrated by Arvonne Fraser • The Van Cleve house, owned by Horatio and Charlotte Van Cleve, was placed on the…

LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS ON THE RIVER • • • • Main Street and Central Avenue (no longer exists) • Robert Alden, architect • Colonial Revival-style • Narrated by Nancy Hovanes • In 1856, St. Paul businessman James Winslow…

THE BIRTHPLACE OF MINNEAPOLIS • • • • Narrated by Cordelia Pierson • St. Anthony Falls is the most abrupt drop in the Mississippi River’s entire 2,200-mile length. Here, the river drops nearly 75 feet in just a few blocks: 49 feet from…

THE POWER THAT CREATED ST. ANTHONY • • • • View from Main Street, just north of Hennepin Island (no longer exists) • Ard Godfrey, architect • Narrated by David Wiggins • Maine millwright Ard Godfrey spent only six years in the…

A MARCY-HOLMES LANDMARK SINCE THE 1880s • • • • 800 5th Street SE • Warren Hayes, architect • Richardsonian Romanesque and Gothic Revival styles • Narrated by Jane McBride • The roots of First Congregational Church go back almost…

A GIFT FROM "THE FATHER OF THE UNIVERSITY" • • • • 100 University Avenue SE • Charles Aldrich, architect • Beaux Arts-style • Narrated by Dean Phillips • John Pillsbury, like many Easterners, came to the tiny…

AN EVENT SPACE BIGGER THAN A CITY BLOCK • • • • 2nd Street between 3rd Avenue and Bank Street; (no longer exists) • Isaac Hodgson, architect • French Classicism and Gothic styles • Narrated by Jacob Frey • In 1886, a group of…

TOWNHOUSES FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS • • • • 10th Avenue and University Avenue SE • Frederick Long and Frederick Kees, architects • Queen Anne-style • Narrated by Dave Dorman •• Completed in 1884 by contractor Jeremiah Spear,…

PRINTER'S "DEVIL" MAKES GOOD • • • • 419 5th Street SE • Ernest Kennedy, architect • Colonial Revival-style • Narrated by Julie Baker & Chris Coy • Fred Smith arrived in St. Anthony in 1857 when both he—and…

THE MANSION HE OWNED TWICE • • • • 527 5th Street SE • Architect Unknown • Italianate-style • Narrated by Larry Prinds When Thomas Andrews built this Italianate Revival house at 527 5th Street SE, he was following in the footsteps…

THE ORIGINAL AMERICAN DREAM • • • • 629 5th Street SE • Warren Hayes, architect • Queen Anne-style • Narrated by Jan Stroup • A classic immigrant success story. That’s how you could describe Peter Lees. He left Scotland in…

A PRIME EXAMPLE OF ITALIANATE REVIVAL-STYLE ARCHITECTURE • • • • 424 5th Street SE • Architect Unknown • Italianate Revival-style • Narrated by Sally French • Woodbury Fisk arrived in St. Anthony with his friend Thomas Andrews…

GOOD PUBLICITY BRINGS NEW MERCHANT TO MARCY-HOLMES • • • • 601 University Avenue SE • Architect Unknown • Queen Anne-style • Narrated by Lucy Nieboer • The proprietor of a New Hampshire general store, Luther Gage Johnson, at…

WELCOME TO MARCY-HOLMES • • • Narrated by Doug Carlson • Originally the town of St. Anthony Falls, Marcy-Holmes is the oldest neighborhood in Minneapolis. It is east of the Mississippi and south of East Hennepin Avenue, which is why…