The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission, AIA Minneapolis, and Preserve Minneapolis, annually partner on this awards program to honor exemplary projects, individuals, and community organizations that celebrate and enhance the heritage and historic character of Minneapolis.

These awards highlight the year’s best achievements for transforming a historic property, building, or landscape and reinventing it to incorporate both new and old elements in a way that that is respectful to the past. Projects are judged on attention to the quality of design, architecture, workmanship, and materials as well as the positive impact on the surrounding neighborhood and community.

2016 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission Award winners:

Download the 2016 press release.

Historic Restoration, Rehabilitation, or Adaptive Reuse Project

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Team Members:

David Piehl
J.B. Hudson House Restoration
Healy Project, Inc.
Tiger Ox Painting, LLC
American Family Insurance
City of Minneapolis
Minneapolis Development Review
Penn Avenue Electric, Inc.
Norblom Plumbing
UZ Insulation Services
M & B Drywall
Baker Park Ceramic Tile, Inc.
Gethrie Hardwood Floors
Peter Holly
John Erler, LLC
Karen Gjerstad Architect
Old North Quality Painters


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Team Members:

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Sea Salt Restaurant
Miller Dunwiddie Architecture
Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc.
Meyer Borgman Johnson
Emanuelson-Podas, Inc.
Morcon Construction
Watson Forsberg Company


Page 3 image 2129 Bedford St. SE, the J. Emory & Cora Muzzy House

Team Members:

Quality Cut Remodelers
Schoenfelder Painting
Manish and Sheetal Patel
Lonnie Strassman, AIA


New Addition to an Historic Building

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Team Members:

TEA2 Architects
Trestle Custom Homes
Bunkers and Associations



Grassroots: Advocacy & Education

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Team Members:

Brian Finstad
Blong Yang
City of Minneapolis


2204 Dupont Ave NBrian Finstad

For Brian’s energetic dedication and continued efforts as an advocate for the preservation and rehabilitation of homes throughout North Minneapolis.

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For JoEllen’s sustained energy and generosity as an educator supporting architectural historians and promoting and strengthening Hennepin County Library’s local history programs and resources.


The Steve Murray Award

Lackovic-Ginny-po-0367-crVirginia Lackovic, AIA

For her remarkable dedication and expertise in preserving historic structures across the state of Minnesota, as well as her tenure as a Commissioner of the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission.



For more information or higher resolution photos, contact AIA Minnesota.

About the Partners

AIA Minneapolis

AIA Minneapolis is the largest of three AIA Minnesota chapters with more than 1,600 members. Centered in Minneapolis, the chapter territory includes the southwestern portion of the state. As a large chapter, AIA Minneapolis participates with other large chapters nationwide to focus attention on significant issues facing members. The chapter provides leadership, networking, and outreach opportunities for its members. Reference our website at

Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission

The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) was formed in 1972 to serve as a citizen advisory body to the Minneapolis City Council. The HPC is part of a nation-wide network of groups dedicated to the preservation and celebration of our local and national heritage. The Commission holds public hearings on matters related to preservation twice each month. Projects that come before the commission are administered through professional preservation-planning staff in the City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED). These meetings are specifically held so that the Commission can hear from the public on matters related to heritage preservation. The public is welcome to attend and highly encouraged to participate.

Preserve Minneapolis

Preserve Minneapolis is a newly registered non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Minneapolis by recognizing, preserving, and revitalizing the architectural and related cultural resources of the city of Minneapolis. Founded in 2003, the group was originally brought together to attract the 2007 National Trust for Historic Preservation conference to the Twin Cities. Preserve Minneapolis hosts monthly discussions and tours highlighting preservation activities in Minneapolis.

City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development

The City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED) provides preservation related services within Minneapolis local government. These services include professional review for preservation permit applications, ongoing efforts to evaluate the historical significance of buildings and districts, recommendations for designation of local landmarks; prepares and administers design guidelines; conducts on-going research of eligible sites and districts; provides public education and community outreach programs; collaborates on the integration of historic preservation with City planning and development activities.