AIA Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission, and Preserve Minneapolis annually recognize projects, individuals, and organizations that celebrate the heritage and historic character of Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis Preservation Awards program is a celebration that recognizes the architects, developers, volunteers, enthusiasts, and preservation professionals that protect and celebrate the city’s built history.

Award categories include preservation projects, additions to historic structures, small projects or details, new construction in historic districts, advocacy, and leadership.

 

2024 Awards

The submission window for the 2024 Minneapolis Preservation Awards program is closed. This years awards will be celebrated during an evening event at the Capri Theater in Minneapolis on Thursday, March 14. Register to attend this free event!

Eligibility

AIA Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC), and Preserve Minneapolis invite you to submit nominations to recognize the architects, developers, volunteers, enthusiasts, and preservation professionals that protect and celebrate Minneapolis’ built history. Projects for nomination must be located in the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park System Property, MSP Airport, or the Unorganized Territory of Fort Snelling and must have been completed between January 1, 2019, and January 1, 2024. Nominations of individuals are eligible under the Steve Murray Award.

Categories

Historic Restoration, Rehabilitation, or Adaptive Reuse
Projects for nomination in this category are those where an existing place, property, building, residence, or landscape was either returned to its original design or was transformed to incorporate both new and old elements in a way that is respectful of, but different from, the original design. Projects will be judged based on the careful attention to the quality of design, architecture, workmanship, and materials as well as the impact of the project on the surrounding neighborhood and community. Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2019, and January 1, 2024.

New Construction
Projects for nomination in this category include additions to an existing structure or a new building or landscape constructed in one of the city’s existing heritage preservation districts. Projects will be judged based on how well the new building or addition fits in with the existing building or historic district; the quality of the design, architecture, workmanship, and materials; and the impact the project has on the surrounding neighborhood and community. Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2019, and January 1, 2024.

Preservation Gem
This category is intended to recognize the smaller rehabilitation projects that highlight preservation such as window rehabilitation, stained glass restoration, historic porch remodels, or other smaller preservation projects that contribute to continued building reuse. To qualify, the building must be 50 years or older from the date the work was completed. Nominations in this category are not limited to designated historic buildings or those within historic districts.

Grassroots: Advocacy & Education
This category recognizes individuals and organizations for a range of preservation-related advocacy, education, outreach, and community engagement activities. Efforts worthy of recognition may include grassroots organizing that raises awareness and support of historic preservation or celebrates preservation in Minneapolis. Project types include, but are not limited to, photography, published books or extensive research, educational programs, etc.

Steve Murray Award
The Steve Murray Award is considered the top individual honor for preservation in Minneapolis. It is awarded to an individual who has displayed leadership, courage, and dedication to heritage preservation in Minneapolis in the last year or over the course of their career or lifetime. If submissions are received for both a deserving emerging preservationist and a lifetime preservationist, multiple awards may be given.

Submission Requirements

There is no fee to submit. 

  • Description of the nominated project, individual, or organization, not to exceed 400 words;

  • Nomination justification describing why this project, individual, or organization should receive a Minneapolis Preservation Award, not to exceed 200 words;

  • List of groups, firms, or individuals associated with the project, individual, or organization, including names and contact information;

  • A minimum of four (4) and maximum of 12 images including photos, sketches, elevations, renderings, floor plans, letters of recommendation/support, or other documentation. For building projects, “before” and “after” photos are required and should be appropriately labeled. The Steve Murray Award recommends at least one (1) image and can also include letters of recommendation/support.

Incomplete nominations may preclude the nomination from consideration at the jury’s discretion.

Selection Criteria

Award recipients will be selected based on their contribution to historic preservation in Minneapolis. Projects will be judged based on their careful attention to the quality of design, architecture, workmanship, and materials, as well as their positive impact on surrounding neighborhoods and communities.

Multiple awards may be issued in each category. The jury reserves the right to recategorize any submittal as it sees fit. Questions regarding which category best fits an entry can be directed to Chris Hudson.

The jury will be comprised of two Minneapolis Heritage Preservation commissioners, two AIA Minneapolis board members, and two Preserve Minneapolis board members.

Questions?

Questions regarding the submission process or entry category selection for the Minneapolis Preservation Awards can be directed to Chris Hudson at 612-767-1746.

2023 Awards

Historic Restoration, Rehabilitation or Adaptive Reuse
Duffey Lofts
Historic Fort Snelling
The Abbey

Steve Murray Award
Judge LaJune Lange
Councilwoman Lisa Goodman

Read the full press release.

 

2022 Awards

Historic Restoration, Rehabilitation or Adaptive Reuse
Cloverfield Building
The Dayton’s Project
Laurel Apartments
Pillsbury Hall Rehabilitation

Grassroots, Advocacy and Education
Scout Workshop

New Construction
Water Works Park and Pavilion

Preservation Gem
Carriage Door Restoration
Milwaukee Road Depot Parapet Wall and Chimney Restoration

Steve Murray Award
Peter Kirihara

Read the full press release.

 

2021 Awards

New Construction
Second + Second

Historic Restoration, Rehabilitation or Adaptive Reuse
Peavey Plaza
Hosmer Library

Preservation Gem
Milwaukee Avenue Porch

Grassroots, Advocacy and Education
Christina Langsdorf and Ezra Gray
Save the Boards to Memorialize the Movement

Steve Murray Award
Dick Kronick

View the full press release.

 

2020 Awards

Historic Restoration, Rehabilitation or Adaptive Reuse
Lowry Morrison Block
Arvonne Fraser Library Hennepin County Library
Franklin Avenue Bridge

Preservation Gem
Corrine’s House

Grassroots, Advocacy and Education
Theodore Wirth House and Administration Building on-site interpretive tours

Steve Murray Award
John Mecum, AIA

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2019 Awards

Historic Restoration, Rehabilitation or Adaptive Reuse
Millworks Lofts
Maytag Building
Smyth Lofts
Thompson Flats

Preservation Gem
Christ Church Lutheran Courtyard
Municipal Building Clocks
Pillsbury A-Mill Hydroelectric Power

Grassroots, Advocacy and Education
Minneapolis Music History Project

Steve Murray Award
Elizabeth Gales

Learn more

 

2017 Awards

Historic Restoration, Rehabilitation, or Adaptive Reuse Project
700 Central
Hewing Hotel

New Addition to an Historic Building
Residence on Emerson
Charles Frederick Keyes House

Grassroots: Advocacy & Education
4Word Homes and Design, LLC/Robin O’Brien’s Home Restoration

The Steve Murray Award
Robert M. Frame, III

View the press release.

 

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. View our website to learn more.

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 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 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to promoting and celebrating the city’s historic architectural and cultural resources through advocacy, education, and public engagement. 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. Check out their website to learn more.