Milwaukee Avenue Historic Home Walking Tour

Minneapolis Home Tour Celebrates 30 Years of Successful Historic Preservation

September 23, 2007
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 in advance/ $15 at door
Tickets will go on sale in late August

Residents of the Milwaukee Avenue Historic District will host their first-ever Historic Milwaukee Avenue Home Tour. A celebration of the 30th anniversary of this remarkable preservation effort, the tour offers an opportunity for visitors to learn about a unique urban district in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis and see inside charming workmen’s cottages, many dating from the 1880s.

At least seven homes will be open for touring, representing a range of housing types that were restored, rehabilitated or designed as infill in the 1970s-era project. All are in close walking distance along a car-free pedestrian mall, also a notable part of the preservation effort. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and the Seward Neighborhood Group.

Purchase tickets by calling the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota at (651) 293-9047.

About the Milwaukee Avenue preservation effort: Thirty years ago, the City of Minneapolis planned to demolish this area in west Seward as part of its plan to improve urban housing stock. Visionary neighbors, many of whom still live on or near the block, fought to save these homes, preserving many of them. In 1977, the avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its status as a district of working-class homes that commonly housed immigrant laborers.

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