Edit Module

North Side Crossings: Alleys of the Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District Walking Tour


Sep 9, 2018
10:00 AM until 11:30 AM


The Minneapolis Warehouse District, including the North Loop neighborhood, makes an attractive statement for urban revitalization in a historic district. It also benefits from its proximity to downtown. However, a commercial district is only as valuable as the sum of its parts. Public alleys, often overlooked, offer a window into the functional yet unrefined features of an urban district. 

1890 was a pivotal year in the history of the city. The City of Lakes was becoming a city of railroads, dominated namely by the expansion of James J. Hill's Great Northern Railroad. A settlement between the city, two railroads, and a streetcar operator resulted in lowering the 4th Avenue rail yard below grade. It paved the way for massive westward expansion and development. As rail spurs filled alley corridors, even the configuration of building frontages were forced to adapt. The direct relationship between alleys and railroad infrastructure helped to shape how industrious Minneapolis did business.

North Side Crossings, a title taken from a 1885 story in the Minneapolis Tribune, will focus upon public alley corridors that facilitated rapid growth of the Warehouse District. This tour will look at how alleys played a critical role in today's built environment of the historic district, the changing ways in which alleys have provided access, and how their shared space dynamics continue to provide exceptional opportunities for growth and equity.

This tour walks about 2.25 miles and is not ADA accessible.




View map Traffic zone Center for Visual Art
250 3rd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN

Additional Information


Preserve Minneapolis

Contact name

Rasa Zeltina

Contact email


We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Get Your Tickets Now!

Best of Minnesota Party

Celebrate the spirit of Minnesota! Featuring the Best of Minnesota – the people, the culture, the landmarks and the spirit, the party will showcase the fun and diverse aspects of our state. December 5, 2018 at Aria
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Party Pics

Photos: PopUp Dinner Twin Cities

A look back at the Walker Art Center's fifth annual celebration

Photos: The Gala at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

The 50th anniversary of the organization celebrated with special guests and a reunion cast, who sang, danced, and reminisced

More Party Pics >>

Edit Module