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Homewood Historic District and Design Guideline Development Process

The Homewood neighborhood is defined by the borders of Plymouth Avenue to the north, Oak Park Avenue to the South, Penn Avenue North to the East and Xerxes Avenue North to the west. This area was identified in a 2002 reconnaissance survey as a potential historic district and deemed eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places by the State Historic Preservation Office due to the neighborhood being a haven for Minneapolis Jews in a period of intense anti-Semitism during the first half of the twentieth century.

While important, this eligibility determination does not protect the neighborhood from out-of-character development, so on April 5, 2016 the City of Minneapolis’ Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) nominated the neighborhood as a local historic district and directed city staff to prepare a designation study. On February 28, 2017 the Heritage Preservation Commission recommended approval of the designation.

The Zoning and Planning Committee of the Minneapolis City Council is scheduled to consider recommending designation of the proposed historic district at their Thursday, September 28, 2017 meeting at 9:30 AM in City Council Chambers, room 317, on the third floor of City Hall. The full City Council is scheduled to consider that recommendation when determining whether or not to designate Homewood as a historic district at their Friday, October 6, 2017 meeting at 9:30 AM, also in City Council Chambers.

Your previously submitted written comments and a transcript of all oral comments delivered at the February 28 Heritage Preservation Commission hearing will be attached to the request for committee action (staff report) which should be available roughly 24 hours before each meeting on the meetings and hearings webpage.

Designation Study (pdf)

With over 250 properties in this potential historic district, the study is very large, and that can make finding specific information on your property challenging. After the general information about the district at the beginning of the survey, inventory forms and addenda for each property may be found in alphabetical order by street name and then in numerical order by address number. You may find it easier to conduct an electronic search (“Find”) using your web browser to identify instances where your property’s address appears.

If you have questions or comments, please contact:

John Smoley
250 4th ST S, PSC 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
[email protected] 

Last updated Oct 5, 2018



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