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Heritage Preservation Commission collection

Identifier: N213

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 37 sets of working drawings (prints rather than originals) for designated historic buildings (or buildings within historic districts) being renovated, remodeled or altered. These architectural drawings date from 1966 to 1994 and illustrate a wide variety of structures, including the "Frederick Cupola House", "Nicollet Island Homes", the warehouse (originally designed by Cass Gilbert) for the Theatre de la Jeune Lune and the remodeling of the Ribnick Furs store, among others. Architects represented here include the Architectural Alliance, Arvid Elness Architects, Ellerbe Becket Inc., and Cunningham Architects along with many others.


  • 1966-1994

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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open to the public for research use.

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on the use of the collection. Copies may be requested if the condition of the material so warrants.

Historical Note

The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) was formed in 1972 to serve as a citizen advisory body to the Minneapolis City Council. The Commission holds public hearings on matters related to preservation twice each month. These meetings are specifically held so that the commission can hear from the public on matters related to heritage preservation. The HPC evaluates the historical significance of buildings and districts and recommends buildings or districts to the City Council for designation as local landmarks.

In addition, the HPC reviews all building, demolition, moving, and sign permits for designated buildings and districts and prepares and administers design guidelines for reviewing repair, rehabilitation, new construction and demolition requests within historic districts. During this phase of the process the HPC requires architects and contractors to submit full working drawings for any changes and the plans in this collection were submitted to the HPC for this type of review.


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This collection consists of prints of architectural drawings, generally not of the original construction, for buildings either designated or under consideration for historic designation at one time by the Heritage Preservation Commission of Minneapolis, MN. Buildings represented here include warehouses, churches, residences and other structures.


The collection is organized alphabetically by commission name.

Physical Location

High Bay


The collection was donated by the staff of the Heritage Preservation Commission, Minneapolis, MN in 2003.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Paul Schwerkoske in 2008 and the finding aid written by Barbara Bezat in 2010.

Heritage Preservation Commission Collection
Paul Schwerkoske
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Northwest Architectural Archives Collecting Area