Breakfast With a Preservationist


Each Breakfast With a Preservation event features a presentation or a moderated discussion about a specific topic. Past sessions have included a presentation on historic preservation in Cuba, an audience-participation conversation about the best Modern buildings in Minneapolis, and a panel discussion about Riverside Plaza (Cedar Square West). 

Preserve Minneapolis hosts Breakfast With a Preservationist every other month (with Happy Hour With a Preservationists taking place in the alternate months). All events are free and open to the public; they are typically held from 8am to 9 am in the ADM Conference Room at the Mill City Museum. And, yes, there is breakfast: pastries and coffee are available, though we do ask for a donation to help cover the costs.

Upcoming Events:

Why do historic buildings get demolished?

When: Wednesday, June 25th, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Where: Mill City Museum, 710 2nd Street South ADM Room, 6th Floor
Cost: This event is FREE!

A common saying in historic preservation states “You can’t save them all.”

Thus the topic of the month’s Breakfast with a Preservationist. Two presenters with public experience in historic architecture and city planning will focus on the causes of why important buildings and places are lost by demolition.

Demolition sometimes justifiably occurs within well-practiced procedures by stewards of the preservation movement, such as city planning commissions, heritage preservation commissions, community organizations and other public interest groups. Of course, building often owners play a critical role.

Other circumstances happen quite contrary to the dismay of preservation’s adherents. Building owners and city agencies occasionally mandate demolition without a thorough examination of relevant factors, despite many parts of the public who care about how our heritage is conserved and loved.

And another common saying by preservationists: “Once it’s gone, it’s gone.”

More details coming soon …

Parking is available in a ramp across the street or along 2nd Street South’s metered spaces. Coffee and bakery will be available, as will the usual great questions and commentary. We stop exactly at9AM.