At the turn of the last century, Park Avenue ranked as one of Minneapolis’s most prestigious residential streets, rivaling St. Paul's Summit Avenue. The business and social elite commissioned top architects to design 35 of the city’s largest, most opulent mansions along the 10-block “Golden Mile” between 18th and 28th Streets. Beginning as early as the 1940s, city-sanctioned efforts in the name of “progress” had already begun to erode the fabric of the fashionable boulevard, and by the end of the 1960s feverish “urban renewal” efforts had destroyed all but 8 of its grand homes. Experience the surviving mansions up close, discover those that were lost through photographs and information about their famous first occupants, and learn how current decisions continue to threaten some of the remaining few.
This tour will walk about 5 city blocks. The tour guide is Ryan Knoke.