Lowry Hill was the first established select neighborhood in Minneapolis. While pockets of expansive houses were built elsewhere in the city earlier, by the beginning of the last century, Minneapolis had matured enough, socially and financially, to support entire subdivisions of wealthy business-civic leaders. It is not much of a generalization to observe that "Lumber" (meaning Walkers and Wintons) built along Mount Curve in Lowry Hill; "Flour" (meaning Pillsburys and their milling colleagues) built around Fair Oaks Park; and other elites built on Park Avenue.
Today, Lowry Hill remains a highly desirable neighborhood, with a stable population and high income. Overwhelmingly, this is an area of very large single-family homes, most still undivided. A thin edge of apartments and retail fronts Hennepin Avenue, with townhousing along Franklin as far west as Fremont Avenue. A large cultural district made up of Walker Art Center, its Sculpture Garden, the Parade fields, and Dunwoody Institute occupies the northeast corner of Lowry Hill neighborhood.
As one would expect, Lowry Hill is replete with significant architecture, including the Romanesque Long House at 25 Groveland Terrace; George Maher's expansive Prairie School Winton House at 1324 Mount Curve; and the highly refined Italian Renaissance Quinlan House at 1711 Emerson.
301 Kenwood, 301 Kenwood Parkway, Minneapolis
Considered to have some of the most stunning architecture among current Minneapolis housing, 301 Kenwood emits an entirely contemporary character. A perfect fit for its neighborhood, this condominium’s modern design is nicely complimented by the Walker Arts Center located just kitty-corner across Vineland Place and the Walker’s iconic sculpture garden placed immediately across the street. Airy 4,300 foot floor plans create an open indoor environment, while larger-than-life windows stretching from floor to ceiling draw the gaze of residents outdoors to enjoy the Sculpture Garden, momentous churches, and Downtown backdrop. An artistic gem indoors and outdoors, 301 Kenwood’s culturally rich and environmentally vibrant location makes it both a rare and prized condominium.
This trio of buildings opened in 1967 and was thought to be the premier new living spaces in the city. The reasons then are still relevant now: they boast a great Lowry Hill location across from the Walker, are within walking distance to Downtown, and offer amenities such as secluded roof decks, heated underground parking, and enclosed guest parking. The one-bedroom living units are small – about 750 square feet in area – but are efficacious. They are ideal for busy people who spend much of their time frequenting the Minneapolis cultural scene.
The Claridge 2519 Humboldt Avenue South, Minneapolis
Built as an apartment court in the 1920s, The Carlyle recalls the blocks and blocks of similar World-War I-era apartments in classic Chicago streetcar suburbs like Oak Park. The Claridge's gracious living units are relatively spacious, interesting in plan, and trimmed out at a prewar level of detail, including crown moldings. The location is near but not right on Hennepin Avenue, with its array of retail and restaurants, and frequent bus service. Lake of the Isles is a short walk, and Uptown less than a mile away.