Located just southwest of Downtown, Loring Park was named after Charles Loring, the first president of the park board. Because of its ample size, central location, and beauty, many community assemblies are held in Loring Park throughout the year. The park is a unique civic space in Minneapolis, bordered by the Downtown skyline and by impressive architectural landmarks: the Basilica of St. Mary, the Cathedral Church of St. Mark, Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church, and Walker Art Center. The Loring park shelter is a rare Midwestern example of the Mission Revival style.
Two residential settings are prominent in this neighborhood, which is populated largely by adults aged 25-44. One is the redeveloped district on the east side of the park. These high-rise buildings are nestled along the Loring Greenway, which connects pedestrians to the Nicollet Mall and the Mississippi Riverfront. The other residential area is made up of mostly prewar walkup and medium-rise apartment buildings located south of 15th Street. Because of this mix, Loring Park offers a wide choice of housing types and prices for such a compact district.
Loring Park is exceptionally convenient, within an easy walk of Downtown, Orchestra Hall, the Hennepin theater district, Walker Art Center, the Sculpture Garden, and to numerous restaurants at all price levels. The neighborhood is extremely well-served by bus routes along Hennepin, Lyndale, and Nicollet, and is directly accessible to the Minneapolis parkway system and to I-94/394 and I-35W.
Clifton Place, 301 Clifton Avenue, Minneapolis
Nestled away in a neighborhood of very gracious prewar mansions, many now converted to offices, Clifton Place, built in 2004, emulates its predecessors in scale, and to some extent in visual expression. The peaked roofline is vaguely Tudor in effect, capped by signature copper roofing. The handsome interiors are ample, not oversized, with 10-foot ceilings and high-quality features and finishes. Heated underground parking is of course included.
301 Oak Grove Condominiums, 301 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis
A part of the Loring Park vicinity, 301 Oak Grove condominiums were built in 2005 with the practical features of a classic pre-war apartment complex distinctive to its neighborhood. The brilliantly designed lobby flawlessly merges the old world with the new through a combination of Jazz Age aesthetics and modern embellishments. Open floor plans create a spacious and welcoming environment in each unit, while progressively designed kitchens and up-to-date amenities and fixtures ensure a comfortable living arrangement.
510 Groveland, 510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis
This chic residential hotel originally constructed in 1927 upholds the refined standards of conventional American culture prior to the war. After purchasing summer residences in the north woods and winter homes in California, Lowry Hills’ privileged couldn’t resist flocking to Groveland’s upscale, yet unique aesthetic. While the stone exterior retains a quiet magnificence, the interior of 510 Groveland’s remarkable lobby and lounge opens up into an equally impressive four-star restaurant built in 1978. Meticulous design can be appreciated in the first-rate woodwork and trim framing of each unit appropriately sized for everyday use. Great paned windows capture a wealth of light, and highlight vivid views of Downtown Minneapolis and nearby historic attractions. Convenient on-site parking is heated with 24-hour on-the-spot security.
When the City of Minneapolis undertook residential redevelopment between Loring Park and the Nicollet Mall in the mid-1970s, the potential market for urban condominiums, even so well located, was not understood. Indeed, many experts, including federal mortgage-loan authorities dismissed the possibility. After the rapid sell-out of the first Loring Park condominium at 1200 on the Mall, upscale condominium towers were soon on the way. Loring Green East and West, opened in 1981, were the first of these. At about 1,110-2,240 square feet in floor area, Loring Green living units were much larger and more luxurious than 1200 on the Mall. Subdued brick exteriors and extensive site landscaping established a refined setting that has been maintained up to the present.
Loring Way, 210 West Grant Street, Minneapolis
Opened in 1979, Loring Way living units are sized between those of the earlier 1200 on the Mall and the later, upscale Loring Green towers. Like all properties in the Loring redevelopment district, Loring Way enjoys a superb downtown location on the Nicollet Mall, close to Orchestra Hall, restaurants and entertainment, shopping, and work.
Summit House Condominiums, 410 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis
When the Summit House towers were built in the late 1960s, luxury high-rise residential, especially located so close to Downtown, was a rarity. Summit House is set in the interesting tangletown above Loring Park that was originally developed for mansions of some of the city's elites. While many of the manses are now gone, the area maintains a genteel air, enhanced by nearby neighborhood architectural landmarks like Hennepin Avenue Methodist and the Cathedral of St. Mark, and society landmarks like 510 Groveland, whose haute-cuisine restaurant remains an attraction. Living units in Summit House are smaller than today's expansive standards, but these are as well-scaled and comfortable for everyday life as they were when first opened.
The Groveland, 317 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis
Opened in 2006, this mid-rise is as solidly built as it looks: the two-story brick base encloses concrete construction. The Groveland's traditional look fits into its neighborhood, down the street from the venerable 510 Groveland and the landmark Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church. This genteel neighborhood setting is enhanced by an expansive landscaped terrace set above the street. Living units are roomy and gracious, with 9-foot ceilings that add to the space while maintaining comfortable human scale. Finishes and amenities are commensurate with a property of this quality.
The Lenox Historic Lofts, 523 South 9th Street, Minneapolis
A rare remaining Minneapolis "Brownstone," actually urban townhousing in red brick. In addition to its architectural interest, The Lenox is attractive for its convenient location on the edge of Downtown. Within the living units, new brick walls extend from the existing brick backing, out into the refurbished rooms.