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Upcoming Architectural History Tours, Courses & Lectures
    June 29, 10 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Nicollet Mall Walking Tour -- sponsored by Preserve Minneapolis. For details and to register:  

    June 15, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Red Cedar Lane Neighborhood Walking Tour -- sponsored by Preserve Minneapolis. For details and to register:  

    Richard will lead four walking tours sponsored by Elk River Schools Continuing Ed. -- all on Saturdays in September:

    • Sept. 7: Red Cedar Lane Neighborhood
    • Sept. 14: Nicollet Mall
    • Sept. 21: Irvine Park Neighborhood
    • Sept. 28: Summit Avenue

    You'll find descriptions of these tours and you can register for them here:

    Also, as in years past, Richard will be one of the docents hosting tours of the Theodore Wirth Home and Administration Building (3954 Bryant Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55409). Each tour through the building takes about an hour. No registration is necessary. Just show up at the house between noon and 3 p.m. Tour groups will be assembled ad hoc as people arrive at the house. The house is open on these dates, all Sundays:

    • May 26
    • June 23
    • July 21
    • August 18
    • September 22
    • October 20
    • November 24
    • December 8

    Also, private tours of the Wirth Home and Administration Building can be scheduled throughout 2019 by contacting Joan Berthiaume, President of the Minneapolis Parks Legacy Society: 612 275 8884 or

    The Wirth Home and Administration Building was built for Theodore Wirth, Minneapolis’s longest-tenured (1906 – 1935) and most influential park superintendent -- and the primary designer of the Minneapolis Park System. In 1905, Wirth was superintendent of the park system in Hartford, Connecticut, when Charles Loring, representing the Minneapolis Board of Park Commissioners, recruited him to the Minneapolis Park System. Wirth agreed to become superintendent in Minneapolis, but only on the condition that the Park Board would build a home for him and his family. He further stipulated that the house must be in a city park. Loring and his fellow commissioners were happy to comply.

    Completed in 1910 and tucked into a hillside in Lyndale Farmstead Park, the house was co-designed by Wirth and architect Lowell Lamoreaux. Three upper floors became the Wirth family home. A lower level contains Wirth’s office and a large room where his staff of draftsmen helped him design and re-design nearly all of Minneapolis’s parks. Because of the genius and dedication of Theodore Wirth, the Minneapolis Park System has been recognized as “Best in the Nation” many times and by multiple organizations since 1928.

    The Wirth Home and Administration Building was entered on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. The years when the Wirth family lived there (1910-1946) were designated as its period of significance. M.P.L.S. has furnished the house with period artifacts, some of which were owned by Wirth himself.

    M.P.L.S. is an all-volunteer organization, co-founded in 2000 by Ted J. Wirth (1927-2009, Theodore Wirth’s grandson) and Minneapolis resident Joan Berthiaume. M.P.L.S. is supported with private funds and through the direct sale of Theodore Wirth’s reprinted book, Minneapolis Park System, 1883-1944, which will be available for purchase during the tours.