Cottage City Transitions – walking tour with Peter Sussman

Since 1883 Cottage City has experienced on-going transition. From the beginning, modest lake cottages built on small lots south of Bde Maka Ska have been replaced by bigger homes. Our tour will recall the initial community and consider the twin impacts of evolving design styles and recent larger-scale buildings.

We will meet at the southeast corner of Thomas Avenue South and West Bde Maka Ska Parkway.
The tour will be held rain or shine — except if an electrical storm is forecasted the morning of the tour.

Suggested donation at the walking tour will be $5 for non-members of LHHSG.

Register for one of the two tours. Attendance is limited to 25.

Irvine Park walking tour

The tour of Irvine Park, one of St. Paul’s earliest residential neighborhoods, will be led by
Richard Kronick, co-author, with artist Jeanne Kosfeld, of Neighborhood Architecture — Irvine Park, St. Paul: a coloring book. Suggested donation at the walking tour will be $5 for non-members of LHHSG.

An optional lunch follows at Waldmann Brew Pub, St. Paul’s oldest extant commercial building. Registration will be limited to 25 people. Carpooling from Linden Hills will be made available.

Wood Lake Nature Center with Bob Glancy

How much can a lake and its surroundings change in 180 years? You might be surprised when
you see and hear about this Richfield gem. In this fast-moving PowerPoint presentation, you’ll learn about the years when it became a dry field with trees growing in it, as well as the good times when it was considered one of the best fishing lakes in Southern Hennepin County. Bob has been researching Minneapolis neighborhoods for 50 years, and Richfield history since he moved to the Gramercy Cooperative 12 years ago. Come early and enjoy a stroll through Wood Lake Nature Center. Suggested donation is $5 for non-members of LHHSG. Everyone is welcome.

Streetcars on Lake Street, with Aaron Isaacs

The Lake Street streetcar line did more to shape south Minneapolis than any other. It crossed every north-south line in the city and created the business districts that remain important to this day. Streetcar historian Aaron Isaacs will take you on a then and now photo tour of Lake Street.

Walking Tour: Third Wave of Linden Hills Development led by Peter Sussman

We are in a new era in which any property in the neighborhood is a potential site for new
construction, up to three units per lot. We will view recently-built examples alongside houses from the early 1900s through what was presumed to be the full “build-out” of Linden Hills by the mid-20th century. What has influenced development and how has the neighborhood’s character evolved?

Sign-up for one of the two tours. Attendance is limited to 25 per tour. We will meet at the southwest corner of Vincent Avenue and 44th Street.

Tour will be held rain or shine, except if an electrical storm is forecast.