Renaissance Revival

You can read about the Renaissance Revival architectural style and where it was used in Minneapolis.


Inspired by the architecture of sixteenth century Italy and France, the Renaissance Revival style that emerged in the United States was combined with additional elements from Ancient Greek and Roman architecture. While Renaissance Revival architecture was first popular in the United States from 1840 to 1915, it didn’t reach Minnesota until the turn of the twentieth century. Used primarily in public buildings and large urban estates in Minneapolis, classic features of the Renaissance Revival style include a symmetrical façades, low-pitched hip roofs, prominent cornices, and horizontal stone banding between floors.

Common Characteristics:

  • Balanced, symmetrical façade
  • Smooth stone walls
  • Low-pitched hipped roofs
  • Horizontal stone band between floors
  • Carved stone window trim

Renaissance Revival Style in Minneapolis:

Community Planning & Economic Development

Historic Preservation




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