William Washburn’s Fair Oaks Estate, circa 1890, courtesy of Hennepin County Library’s Special Collections Department
The City of Minneapolis received a federal grant to update the list of properties in the Washburn-Fair Oaks Historic District, symbolizing turn-of-the-century architecture designed by master architects. Over the next few months, historians will be photographing buildings in this neighborhood to identify any features that may have changed over time. All work will take place on public streets and alleyways. No one will be knocking on residents’ doors or requesting information from them. If you do have older photographs of these buildings or wish to share information regarding alterations, our team would welcome your assistance. Contact John Smoley to share information or to ask questions.