Doors Open Minneapolis 2019 Welcomed Thousands of Residents and Visitors

The first-ever Doors Open Minneapolis is now history and, by every indication, this inaugural city-wide celebration was a resounding success. A total of 112 organizations participated with more than 71,000 visits made by the public in just 14 hours.



Mpls Mayor Announces

“You know that building you walk by every day? Maybe it’s the post office downtown, maybe it’s that Scottish Rite [Temple] building down on Dupont in Uptown. Maybe it’s City Hall. This is an opportunity to explore that building and by extension the stories of our city,” Frey said.



Unlocking the Doors to Minneapolis

Mayor Jacob Frey is unlocking the doors to Minneapolis. On May 18 and 19, city leaders will invite visitors to more than 110 buildings across Minneapolis - from the well-known places such as the Basilica of St. Mary to the more obscure, like the Minneapolis police K-9 kennel.



Doors Open Wide

Doors Open organizers felt real pride as they compiled a list of the most beautiful and intriguing spaces and tried to get the gatekeepers at each one to sign on. “I would stack our architecture and our city up against any other one in the country,” Michael Kisch, president of AIA Minneapolis, said. “You sometimes, in passing, forget. The buildings become background, and this is a way to celebrate them.”



A Key to the City

Have you ever wanted to see inside the Federal Reserve? Go backstage at the Ritz Theater? Climb to the top of the Witches’ Tower? Peer down a manhole? Tour the Van Dusen Mansion? What about the Hennepin County Jail? For history buffs, architecture fans, arts supporters and city boosters, the curious and the just plain nosy, Doors Open Minneapolis is a key to the city.



Behind the Scenes Access

How many unique buildings in Minneapolis have you seen, and of those, how many have you actually been inside of? Doors Open Minneapolis, a free celebration of the city’s architecture, will give people the opportunity to see over 100 sites that they may have only appreciated from the outside.



A New Citywide Celebration

The goal is to tell stories about Minneapolis’ past and show where it’s headed. Some buildings show elements of different historical eras, while others, such as The Nordic in the North Loop, show what the city’s future looks like.



Doors Open to University of Minnesota & Nearby Neighborhoods

Participating businesses include several around the University of Minnesota and its nearby neighborhoods: The Witch’s Hat Water Tower, Northrop Auditorium, The Textile Center, Surly Brewing Co, and Weisman Art Museum, Mixed Blood Theatre. A Mill Artist Lofts, and the Pillsbury Flour Mill.



Photos: A rare glimpse inside the Hennepin Island Powerhouse

A sturdy brick edifice over 100 years old, the Hennepin Island Powerhouse opened in 1908 to power streetcars. Now it powers the homes of about 14,000 Xcel Energy customers — in exactly the same way, using pretty much the exact same equipment. The facility offers a direct connection to the Twin Cities metro area's beginnings.