Park Avenue: Part Deux!!! August 12, 2012

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About two years ago, Shareology took a wonderful tour of Park Avenue; at the bottom of this post there is a link to that tour of Queen Annes and Victorians.

Here’s what the tour organizer had to say about this year’s tour of mansions on lower Park Avenue in Minneapolis:

“Originally designed to be a stylish promenade of large urban estates offering oversized lots, wide boulevards, and generous setbacks, at the turn of the last century Park Avenue was ranked as one of Minneapolis’s most prestigious residential streets. The city’s business and social elite—many of whom were magnates in the then booming lumber and flour milling industries—commissioned top architects to design 35 of the city’s most opulent mansions along the 10-block “Golden Mile” between 18th and 28th Streets. By the end of the 1960s, “urban renewal,” in the form of demolition, had claimed 27 of them. Experience the remaining eight mansions up close—including some interiors—and discover those that have been lost through historic photographs and information about their famous first occupants.”

The sad thing is that only eight of these jewels are left.  However, we did tour the outside of the eight ghosts, and actually got inside two of the remaining eight.  We’re of to have fun!!

First, let’s introduce our guides, themselves residents of Park Avenue:   Ryan Knoke and Montana Scheff

Did I mention 500 people signed up for this tour, and that it was sold out?? The first house we toured the inside of was the Anson Brooks home at 2445 Park Avenue.  Shareology was too dazzled to take photos of the inside; however the outside is — Venetian Gothic!!!

The tour concentrated on houses between 23rd and 26th Streets on Park Avenue in Minnneapolis.  Average square footage in those days on the Avenue?  30,000!!!

Our last inside tour was of the former Cowles mansion:

For Park Avenue Part One, 2010, From Queen Anne to Classical Revivals:  Park Avenue    click here

For more wonderful tours of Minneapolis, see

Kay Roseland    @KayLoire


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