Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District

Roughly bounded by River St., 1st Ave. N., 6th St. N., 2nd Ave. N., 5th St. N., 5th Ave. N., 3rd St. N., & 10th Ave. N., Minneapolis, Minnesota


Minneapolis Warehouse District, Home Insurance Company Building


Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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The Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District is the largest concentration of buildings associated with wholesaling, jobbing, and distribution in Minnesota between the years 1865-1930. The district, as defined by the 1989 National Register nomination, covers a thirty-block area west of downtown Minneapolis and contained 159 buildings and three structures in 1987 when written. One structure, a bridge, was razed in 1989. Many of the buildings were designed by the city's most talented architects including: Charles E. Bell, George Emile Bertrand, Christopher Boehme, Cass Gilbert, Warren Hayes, Edwin Hewitt, Harry Wild Jones, Frederick Kees, Franklin Bidwell Long, Gottlieb Magney and William Tusler, Charles Sedgwick, Edward Stebbins, Carl Struck, William Channing Whitney, and engineer Claude Allen Porter (C.A.P.) Turner. Every major architectural style is represented from the Italianate, Queen Anne, and Richardsonian Romanesque to numerous classically-inspired revival styles, and early Twentieth Century Commercial styles. The Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in November 1989. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS MN-110)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 3, 1989
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival; Other architectural type; Victorian: Romanesque; Commercial Style
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Manufacturing facility; Specialty store; Warehouse
Current functions
Specialty store; Manufacturing facility; Warehouse
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1925-1949
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 139
Contributing structures: 3
Non-contributing buildings: 18


  • HABS MN-110 - Minneapolis Warehouse District, Bounded by North First & Sixth Streets
  • HABS MN-110-AC - Minneapolis Warehouse District, Wisconsin Central Freight Station
  • HABS MN-110-AD - Minneapolis Warehouse District, Gluek Brewing Company Hotel & Saloon
  • HABS MN-110-AE - Minneapolis Warehouse District, Dittman Building
  • HABS MN-110-AF - Minneapolis Warehouse District, 28 North First Street (Restaurant)
  • HABS MN-110-V - Minneapolis Warehouse District, Home Insurance Company Building
  • National Register database - Reference number 89001937