Part of truly appreciating a city like Minneapolis is understanding and experiencing its history. Minneapolis dates back to 1856 and incorporated as a city in 1867. With the nearby St. Anthony Falls and Mississippi River, much of Minneapolis’ industrial development was fueled by water power. By 1876, the city had built 18 flour mills on the west side of the river, earning Minneapolis nicknames like Mill City and the City of Flour and Sawdust. Today, on the west side of the river, the Warehouse District gives residents a little peek into the past, and some buildings even give you the chance to live in the past. Here are five history-rich Minneapolis apartments in the Warehouse District.
Roughly five blocks from the River and Broom Island Park, these Security Warehouse loft apartments are in a recently renovated building that’s more than a century old. You can feel the history in the exposed brick walls, wood columns, tall 15-foot ceilings, and concrete floors, complemented by stainless steel appliances and industrial lighting. The expansive building has 62 units, which are a mix of Minneapolis apartments and condos. The smallest floorplan you’ll find here is 1,055 square feet.
Technically speaking, these apartments aren’t historic in themselves — the building is a recent construction. But it lies in a historic neighborhood, the Warehouse District, and its name is a nod to the city’s floury past. In this very walkable neighborhood, which is also near the light rail, these apartments offer fireplaces, pool access, vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets, and a fitness center. There’s also a snack shack, bike maintenance area, dry cleaning service, billiards room, and 24-hour coffee bar. It might not be steeped in history per se, but it’s history adjacent — and steeped in amenities.
One glance at the impressive exterior of this historic building — with large arches and factory-style grid windows — and you’ll be able to tell that history lies within. Inside the one-bedroom lofts have exposed brick, up to 14-foot ceilings, washers and dryers, and some units also include fireplaces.
Haven’t you always wanted an enormous arched window running the length of your living room? It’s the norm in this renovated warehouse, with exposed brick, beams, pipes, and the like running across the 14-foot ceilings. In one direction, apartments overlook the Mississippi riverfront, and in the other, tenants are treated to views of the Minneapolis skyline and Stone Arch Bridge.
This renovated warehouse is the best of both worlds: It’s in a historic building, and it’s been updated with every luxury today’s renters have come to expect, like a sauna, volleyball court, walk-in closets, library, fireplace, fitness center, pools, a car wash area, and a six-story atrium. But the partially exposed brick and tall ceilings will always remind you of the building’s past.