July Tours

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Cost: $8 per person unless otherwise noted (please note that tours will likely sell out in advance, with no room for walk-ups.)
Please note that space is limited and some events may sell out before the day of the event.
If you lack internet access, or have any questions or concerns about the tour program, please contact our Tour Coordinater, Katy Epler, at tours@preserveminneapolis.org or 612-695-7572.
Time: Tours typically last 90 minutes to 2 hours. Exact times are contingent on factors such as weather and group size. Please contact us if you have any questions about lengths of specific tours, or ask your guide at the beginning of the tour.
Distance/terrain: Please see details listed for each tour. Some tours are short and flat, others are longer and hilly.
Kids (and strollers) are welcome, but no dogs or other pets, please.

University of Minnesota Old Campus (Sold Out!)

When: Tuesday, July 8 at 6 p.m.
Cost: $8
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This tour will explore the campus development of the University of Minnesota from Eddy Hall (1886) to Coffman Memorial Union (1940). We will see the results of three campus-planning efforts by Horace Cleveland, Warren Manning, and Cass Gilbert. Many of the buildings were designed by notable architects including LeRoy Buffington; Clarence Johnston, Sr., and Clarence Johnston, Jr.

This tour will walk about half a mile. The tour guide is Bob Mack.


The Lost Gateway District of Minneapolis (Sold Out!)

When: Saturday, July 12 at 10 a.m.
Cost: $8
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During the early twentieth century, the Gateway, or Lower Loop, was the largest skid row in the Upper Midwest, including flophouses, missions, and bars mixed with a variety of other businesses that needed cheap rents and a central location. Between 1959 and 1963, in an effort to clean up the area, Minneapolis demolished 25 blocks, or almost 40 percent of its historic downtown—turning this part of the city into a wasteland of surface parking lots. Revisit the seedy history of the Gateway District and its unfortunate redevelopment, and learn about current proposals to return street life to this formerly bustling area.

This tour will walk about 1.5 miles. The tour guides are Kirsten Delegard and James Eli Shiffer.

Photo: Charles P. Gibson, Minnesota Historical Society, ca. 1918

Warehouse District (Sold out!)

When: Wednesday, July 16, 7 p.m.
Cost: $8
This tour is sold out. Click here to get on the wait list.

The North Loop Warehouse District was the city’s warehouse and wholesaling district during the late 19th and early 20thcenturies, growing when Minneapolis became a major distribution center for the upper Midwest. The area has retained its sense of time and place, with original bridges still in place, streets paved with bricks, and trains passing through daily on the track beds around which the area first developed. The tour will explore the overall history of the district, and individual buildings and the architects who designed them.

This tour will walk less than one mile; the tour guide is Rolf Anderson.

Southeast Lake Harriet Parks and Residences

When: Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m.  (also offered Sunday, September 21, 1 p.m. Click here to buy tickets for that tour.) 
Cost: $8
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For centuries a place where the Dakota gathered; now a bustling lakeside park setting. This tour traces the transformation of the landscape by the Minneapolis Park Board, as well as the development of the Lynnhurst community. Characters in the narrative include Colonel William S. King, James Merritt and architect Jack Liebenberg. We’ll focus on the early visionaries and residents of the neighborhood, and describe a few examples of some of the early 20th-century residences.

This tour is co-sponsored by the Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association. The tour walks about 1 mile; the tour guide is Peter Sussman.

North Side Synagogues and Neighborho
od Walking Tour

When: Sunday, July 13 at 10 a.m.
Cost: $8
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By 1936, there were more than 16,000 Jews in Minneapolis, and 70 percent of them lived on the North Side. Community members lived, learned, prayed, and shopped together. We will highlight the history and architecture of the gathering places of north Minneapolis’ Jewish community in the early- and mid-20th century, including a neighborhood with three synagogues, the Emmanuel Cohen Community Center, and the Jewish Shelter Home for Children.

Tour guides are Iric Nathanson and Bob Roscoe.


Como-Harriet Streetcar Line Walking Tour (SOLD OUT!)

When: Sunday, July 27 at 1 p.m.
Cost: $13 (note that this tour costs more than the others because it includes a ride on the streetcar)

Explore the abandoned and reconstructed streetcar line. The tour will include remnants of the original Twin Cities Rapid Transit streetcar line, the former Lyndale Hotel site, the Museum’s car barn, and the Linden Hills business district. Includes a stop for ice cream (cost not included) and a vintage streetcar ride.

This tour will walk a total of 1 1/2 miles, and ride the streetcar 1 1/2 miles. The tour guide for this tour is Aaron Isaacs.

Camden Neighborhood

When: July 30, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $8
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The Camden area, together with the Near North, form Minneapolis’ North Side. This tour will cover the settlement of the area around the mouth of Shingle Creek, industrial development in Camden (including the Minneapolis lumber milling district), and the effect of the construction of I-94 through the neighborhood in the 1970s and ’80s.

The tour will focus on the early days of the area, and discuss how urban development caused many of these early sites to be lost. The tour will visit the sites of the first school and first church in Camden, early industrial and factory sites, and early lumbering sites, and will point out places of interest including the brickworks along the Mississippi, the former Minneapolis Workhouse and the former Hopewell Tuberculosis Hospital.

This tour walks about 1.5 miles; the tour guide is Eric Nystrom.

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