Downtown Minneapolis

Tour curated by: The Minneapolis Historical Team

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Locations for Tour

The first Chicago Milwaukee Saint Paul and Pacific Depot, Freight House, and Train Shed (Washington Avenue and Third Avenue South) were built around 1879, although the Freight House is the only remaining property today. The original station was razed…

The Young Quinlan Building, constructed in 1926, is a landmark representing high-quality merchandising in Minneapolis. The story of how this structure came to be paints a picture of how a demand for high fashion was established in the Twin Cities.…

527 Marquette Avenue Holabird and Root Streamline Moderne - Art Deco Rand Tower is the ambitious project of Minnesota aviation pioneer Rufus R. Rand. Rand, a family member of The Minneapolis Gas Company, served in WWI as a pilot and once back…

Farmers and Mechanics Savings Bank 88 South 6th St 1941, addition in 1963 McEnary & Krafft Art Moderne The Farmers and Mechanics Savings Bank was built as a solution to the bank’s growing demand for space following a nationwide rise in the…

The Foshay Tower, constructed in 1929, is an iconic symbol of economic development in Minneapolis at the height of the roaring twenties. Until 1973, the building’s thirty-two story tower was the tallest skyscraper between Chicago and the West…

350 S 5th St. Long and Kees Richardsonian Romanesque Minneapolis City Hall was built to serve as the governmental offices for both the city of Minneapolis and Hennepin County and is overseen by the Municipal Building Commission. An earlier City…

10 S 5th St. Long & Kees Richardsonian Romanesque As the booming lumbering industry began to drive the state’s economic engine, the Lumber Exchange Building was constructed in 1885 to house both the local and out-of-state trading…