Washburn-Fair Oaks Historic District design guidelines update

Learn about the effort to update the design guidelines for the Washburn-Fair Oaks Historic District.

Overview

The City of Minneapolis is updating the 1976 design guidelines for the Washburn-Fair Oaks Historic District. We received a federal grant. We have hired Pigeon Consulting and TEN x TEN to lead community engagement and draft new design guidelines. Design guidelines affect changes to buildings, structures, and landscapes. They help ensure that the historic district retains its historic character. The district includes:
  • Early 20th century buildings designed by master architects
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts campus

Photo: William Washburn’s Fair Oaks Estate, circa 1890, courtesy of Hennepin County Library’s Special Collections Department

Washburn’s Fair Oaks Estate

Provide input

This spring, we asked people to share their thoughts and ideas with us by having meetings and group discussions. Thank you for taking part in these meetings! Once we finish writing the guidelines, we will post them here for 30 days. You can tell us what you think by filling out a form online. After that, we will present the guidelines to the Heritage Preservation Commission at a public hearing.  

Past meetings

Read notes from past events:

Background

From 2021-22, we hired a consultant team to research and update the inventory of properties in the district. They determined the district’s period of significance to be 1863 to 1939. Properties built during this period are contributing. Properties built after this period are non-contributing. Individual inventory forms are available upon request.

Learn more about the period of significance and inventory  

Contact John Smoley to share information or to ask questions. Check back for updates as the project continues.

View a map of the Washburn-Fair Oaks District

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Contact us

John Smoley

Community Planning & Economic Development

Phone

612-673-2830

Address

Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415