Minneapolis Open Doors gives an insight into the past, the future of the city

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This weekend's event gives the strange opportunity to explore Minneapolis's history and culture through tours of more than 100 city buildings.

Doors Open Minneapolis is an opportunity to imagine the future.

"I don't think we allow people back here," Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said, as he gave visitors a preview of his offices, including a secret passage that goes to the majestic and harmless City. Council Chambers.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey in the City Hall office.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey in the City Hall office.

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"Richardsonian Romanesque architecture," he said. "I've read up on it recently … If you were hiding on 'He-Man' growing up, of course, City Hall is very similar to Castle Grayskull."

Frey said that he wanted the Minneapolis Open Doors to celebrate civic pride.

"I want people to experience this city from a different perspective perhaps," he said. "If you have an interesting building that you usually drive or walk, but you have never seen it from the inside, you now have your chance."

Many city and county buildings will be open, including the main post office and the police department Kennel K-9. But the tour includes local businesses, churches and theaters.

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Architectural historian and author Larry Millett said Minneapolis Doors Open is a great idea. He is satisfied that the city is not opening the oldest buildings.

Minneapolis Open Door director, Scott Mayer, looks at a map of your building.
Minneapolis Open Door director, Scott Mayer, looks at a map of your building.

"There are buildings that are interesting for their content," he said, "like the Spokesman-Recorder building and the Indian Indian Center – which are interesting for their architecture but also for the activities that then go on and link to the cultural life of the community. "

Millett is hoping to check the lower levels in Pillsbury Mill and his old power system for direct water. He recommends visiting Gethsemane Church and the Memorial Church at Lakewood Cemetery.

Scott Mayer, director of Doors Open Minneapolis, said it was shaped after similar events in Chicago and Milwaukee. Mayer is not an architect, but he loves beautiful buildings.

"Unfortunately, I don't think we've done a great job to preserve our history," he said. "If you go to Chicago or Milwaukee, you will see that in these buildings are not just wonderful examples of architecture from the past. We have some, but not enough, I think."

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Mayer showed new developments in the North Loop which include retail, office space and housing. "What really impressed me with Minneapolis's Doors Open is that people will begin to learn about the future of the city," he said.

Minnesota chapter is actively involved in the Institute of American Architects with Minneapolis Open Doors, and is using the opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of design in the creation of viable cities.

Presentation of apprentices to the Arts apprentices by Bird Coulter and Justice Jones
Presentation of apprentices to the Arts apprentices by Bird Coulter and Justice Jones.

Justice Jones, an apprentice at Juxtaposition Arts, will help to lead an all-age activity at Milltown Museum which encourages people to imagine what a truly welcoming, equitable and self-sustaining community would look like.

"Asking people to think about what you are doing with your waste," she said. "What kind of materials are you using, do you find them locally? Can you redirect a building using the existing bedrock? Do you need to delete it all? Just find ways to get better communities for create environment for people. "

Jones stated that the goal is to give people the tools to participate in the public design process, so that they can talk about issues such as realization and accessibility.

Mayer said that he hopes this will be the first of many Open Doors events for Minneapolis. Millett said that he hopes that St Paul will be encouraged to do the same.

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