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A Small Town in a Big City

Since 1974, the all-volunteer Old Highland Neighborhood Association has been working to build community and preserve North Minneapolis’ historic homes. Named a “Best Old House Neighborhood” by This Old House Magazine, Old Highland is one of Minneapolis’ hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods.

Years in action

Square blocks

Events annually

Years on the home tour

Peace Garden

At the Old Highland Peace Garden, neighbors have transformed vacant lots into gardens where we grow food, and in turn, grow our community.

Walking Tour

Old Highland’s guided Walking Tour is held annually in partnership with Preserve Minneapolis, and available year round at MinneapolisHistorical.org

Neighborhood Events

Old Highland holds board meetings the first Thursday of every month, and neighbors host at least one official neighborhood social gathering each month.

All are welcome – please join us!

Historic Preservation

Old Highland community members are passionate about preserving our historical resources – both within Old Highland and beyond. Neighbors freely share information about caring for historic homes, and sponsor workshops and educational resources to facilitate passing on this valuable information.

Old Highland encompasses over 30 square blocks. The outer limits are defined by Plymouth Avenue to the South, West Broadway Avenue to the North, Aldrich Avenue to the East, and Girard Avenue to the West.

Upcoming Events

Jul 05

Old Highland Board Meeting

July 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5
Aug 02

Old Highland Board Meeting

August 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5
Sep 06

Old Highland Board Meeting

September 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5
Oct 04

Old Highland Board Meeting

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 01

Old Highland Board Meeting

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5

The area known today as the Old Highland Neighborhood was opened for settlement in 1857, and major growth occurred during the 1880’s and 1890’s. This period saw large architecturally designed and contractor built residences of distinctive period styles. The population was generally merchants who operated businesses along Washington, Plymouth, and West Broadway. At this time the neighborhood first became known as Highland, so called because it was located on the first high land above Bassett Creek and Oak Lake to the South. Many fine residences from this era still survive today.

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