Elliot Park is one of the oldest neighborhood communities in Minneapolis. It began in the 1850’s as one of the settlements that emerged around the Falls of St. Anthony on the Mississippi River. Sections of Elliot Park along 8th Street were platted for the building of houses, stores, and churches as early as 1856, only four years after the founding of Minneapolis. What came about in the area was two of Minneapolis' earliest parks, one being Elliot Park named of Dr. Joseph Elliot. By the 1890′s the rapid growth of Downtown, and the fact that Elliot Park was the only Downtown neighborhood with its own parks, made it a fashionable area to live in. Large mansions sprang up along Park Avenue. The area changed, however, as Minneapolis grew rapidly between 1900 and 1920. Rising land values began to spur the construction of apartment buildings. High-density apartment buildings were built near downtown and Elliot Park became an area of brick and stone three story apartments with a burgeoning commercial area along Chicago Avenue. Some of these new apartment buildings, such as the Rappahannock condominiums and the Roselle apartments, are now among the oldest residential buildings in the Twin Cities.

After 1920, population growth began to slow down and then declined during the Depression of the 1930′s. The abundance of high-density housing made Elliot Park a haven for working class and low-income residents. Many of the stately mansions of the 1890′s were converted to multi-family dwellings. Then in the 1950′s and 1960′s the rapid expansion of the Twin Cities suburban areas had an adverse impact on many inner-city neighborhoods when new roadways were built to transport people more efficiently throughout the metro area. Residential sectors at the eastern and southern edges of Elliot Park were demolished for Interstates 94 and 35W. Freeway construction in the 1960′s also displaced numerous area businesses, substantially changing the neighborhood’s character. Between 1950 and 1970, the population of Elliot Park dropped by 54%, highlighting the trend toward disinvestment in inner-city neighborhoods. Community revitalization began in earnest in the 1980′s. In the last ten years, new condominiums Skyscape and Grant Park were built and Lenox Flats and the Sexton building were converted into condominium units which reflected a significant shift in the neighborhood demographic, promising to bring new residential vitality and resources to Elliot Park.

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Listing information last updated on December 13th, 2018 at 5:20pm CST.