Preserve Minneapolis advocates for historic preservation in a variety of ways:

  • Events: Our events raise awareness about historic preservation issues and projects. Check out our tours, lectures, and Preservation Awards pages for details
  • HPC: We have have participated with the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission as a consulting party in preservation discussions, including the federal Section 106 process.
  • Public statements: On occasion, we issue statements on specific preservation matters, posted below.

This page will continue to be updated update to inform our members and the public of new preservation challenges and concerns, along with current information on success stories and discussions about the wealth of historic properties intact in our wonderful city.

Preserve Minneapolis statement regarding fourplexes

Different neighborhoods and different parts of the city have unique needs and unique profiles that make them distinctive. When considering fourplexes as a tool for 21st century housing plans, we hope that analysis and implementation will be done in ways that fit well into the built environment and is sensitive to the historic character of each neighborhood. As Council President Bender stated on MPR recently, this effort could bring Minneapolis back to its roots as a city with denser population patterns than we’ve seen in recent decades. That nod to past city development patterns is in itself a good place to start.

Introduction of new construction into designated historic landmark districts or simply areas of historic character can be done well when approached thoughtfully and with careful planning. We encourage city planners to work with the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and city staff that supports the HPC to find proactive ways to manage this effort. We are confident that there are ways to find good locations and good designs that meet the city’s housing needs while also enhancing its current built environment.

For example, fourplex units may be most compatible in areas where there are already mixed-uses, such as at commercial corners or along commercial corridors, or dense populations (such as Uptown or the Northeast Riverfront District).  Additionally, thought should be given to maintaining the character of those neighborhoods that historically (and continue to be) filled largely with single-family homes. These city blocks were developed as a “working man’s” retreat into the “suburbs” away from the bustling and dense downtown.  And yet, there are many mini-commercial corners in those neighborhoods that date from the streetcar era, and those are often surrounded nearby with duplexes. We are also eager to explore creative ways to increase density without sacrificing the look and feel of a streetscape, such as “density shifts” that take fuller advantage of the back of lots to achieve the goals of all perspectives.

There is plenty of space to work from all around the city to increase affordability and access, but it is important that we respect the character, density, and space within all neighborhoods as they collectively provide a diversity of experience.