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Lowry Hill in Minneapolis is where starving artists aspire to live. Once they can afford a place in Lowry Hill, they’ve made it to the top.
Just west of downtown Minneapolis, the Lowry Hill neighborhood is enclosed by Interstate 394 on the north, Interstate 94/Hennepin Avenue on the east, 22nd Street on the south and Lake of the Isles Parkway, Logan Avenue and Morgan Avenue on the west. About 4,000 residents live in this affluent neighborhood, the preferred residential area for many of the wealthiest of Minneapolis' citizens.
Lowry Hill is known for its broad lawns, boulevard shade trees and well-spaced houses with generous porches and exterior detail. These characteristics were all taking shape by 1900, and many homes are listed on the National Historic Register today. Many houses in Lowry Hill were built in the Victorian style before 1900. You’ll also see some Colonial, Mediterranean, English Tudor, Richardsonian Romanesque, Rambler, and Prairie style. The neighborhood was platted by Thomas Lowry when he arrived in 1867. The extension of the electric streetcar along Hennepin Avenue and westward along Douglas Avenue led to a real estate boom in Lowry Hill in the 1890s, and by 1906, lots on Mount Curve Avenue, Groveland Terrace and nearby blocks were the sites of some of the costliest houses in Minneapolis. After 1910, apartment buildings were built along Hennepin and Franklin Avenues. The pattern of razing the oldest and largest houses or dividing them into rooming houses along Hennepin Avenue alarmed residents, and they banded together to preserve their proud neighborhood homes in 1946.
Located five minutes from downtown, Lowry Hill is close to many of the Twin Cities best loved cultural attractions. Internationally recognized as a leading arts venue, the Walker Art Center presents contemporary visual arts and design exhibitions; dance, theater, and music performances; and film screenings. The Sculpture Garden across the street, newly renovated and reopened in 2017, features magnificent, large sculptures in a beautiful garden setting.
Lowry Hill is the place to be in the summer with two popular music events. Rock the Garden takes over the Walker Art Center hillside in June. Festival goers move between two stages, hit up food trucks and beer tents, and enjoy the Garden, all while indie icons and buzz-worthy bands provide the perfect soundtrack to this summer event. The Cities 97 Basilica Block Party is the city’s hottest summertime musical festival with top headliners crammed into a schedule that spreads out over two days and multiple stages. The event raises money for outreach programs and to preserve St. Mary’s basilica, a historic landmark that has been an integral part of the community for more than a century.
Lowry Hill is also home to Parade Stadium, the Parade Ice Garden and the Dunwoody College of Technology. The largest school in the community is The Blake School.
Get what you need in Lowry Hill's main business district at the intersection of West Franklin Avenue and Hennepin Avenue South. There you'll find Sebastian Joe’s ice cream shop which is known throughout the city, as well as a gift shop, coffee, restaurants, butcher shop, barber and hair salons, dry cleaners, and other business services around this intersection. Additional retail businesses are located at the corner of Douglas and Hennepin Avenues, closer to the Walker Art Center.
Take a stroll through Thomas Lowry Park, a popular recreational area with benches and a small walking trail. The 2.32 acres of the park were initially purchased by neighbors to prevent their development. In and near Lowry Hill you will find Lake of the Isles, Chain of Lakes bike and pedestrian paths, the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, Thomas Lowry Park, Kenwood Park, Kenwood Recreation Center, and Loring Park. Be inspired -- whether or not you’re Minnesota’s next greatest artist.