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Lowry Hill Neighborhood

Lowry Hill Neighborhood

Lowry Hill is a neighborhood within the Calhoun-Isles community in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The neighborhood is regarded as being one of the city’s most upscale and wealthy neighborhoods. It was historically the home of Minneapolis’s most prominent milling and lumber families.

The neighborhood is named for the terminal moraine on which it sits, a hill named after late nineteenth century real estate mogul and trolley tycoon Thomas Lowry. Although secluded by trees and parkways up on the hill, its boundaries are Interstate 394 to the north, Interstate 94 to the east, Hennepin Avenue to the southeast, West 22nd Street to the south, Lake of the Isles Parkway to the southwest, and Logan Avenue South and Morgan Avenue South to the west. Lowry Hill is northwest of Lowry Hill East; the two neighborhoods are separated by Hennepin Avenue.

The hill was described as swampy and covered in a thick old-growth forest during Minneapolis’s early years. The hill eventually became a small farming area overlooking Minneapolis in the mid 1800s.

Many houses in Lowry Hill were built in the Victorian style before 1900. However, the Colonial, Mediterranean, English Tudor, Richardsonian Romanesque, Rambler, and Prairie style make appearances as well. A majority of those homes were constructed shortly after the neighborhood’s establishment as a preferred residential area for many of the wealthiest of Minneapolis’ citizens. In over 100 years, the look of Lowry Hill has remained almost unchanged, however, some of the large homes built by original owners have been converted to condominia.

Lowry Hill is a neighborhood located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The community is named after Thomas Lowry, one of the neighborhood’s developers and first residents.

The Lowry Hill neighborhood is located west of downtown Minneapolis, 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.

A popular recreational spot in the area is Thomas Lowry Park. This natural attraction offers benches and a small walking trail. Members of Friends of Thomas Lowry Park volunteer time and help keep the park maintained.

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.

One of the best places to visit in Lowry Hill is the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. 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, newly renovated and reopened in 2017, features magnificent, large sculptures in a beautiful garden setting.


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