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 an annual 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, new construction in historic districts, advocacy, and leadership.  A new category is the preservation gem – recognition of a small project or detail that exhibits exceptional craft, adherence to preservation standards, and tells a good story.  

2020 Call for Entries

Organizers of the 2020 Minneapolis Preservation Awards are pleased to announce that they are accepting nominations for outstanding work in preservation in the City of Minneapolis. This year’s award categories include projects involving preservation, restoration, adaptive re-use, new construction in historic districts, advocacy, education, career achievement for an individual, and the coveted Preservation Gem Award which recognizes a single masterfully completed small project or detail. Projects in all categories must have been completed within the last 5 years. Read the full news release.

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Nominations are processed electronically and are completely free. Final submissions are due on January 30, 2020. This year’s awards celebration will be held on the evening of Thursday, February 27th at the historic Pillsbury A-Mill.

Deadline for nomination submissions is January 30, 2020, 4:00 pm CST – nominate a project, person, or program
Awards Celebration event on February 27, 2020, 5:00 – 7:00 pm at A Mill Artist Lofts – register to attend

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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 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 501(c)(3) non-profit 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.