The other neighborhood in the East Downtown business district is the Elliot Park neighborhood. Elliot Park is bounded on the north by Fifth Street South, on the east by I-35W, on the south by I-94 and on the west by Fifth Avenue South.
Elliot Park is one of Minneapolis’s oldest neighborhoods, with plots set for housing as early as 1856. It was close to industrial developments on the nearby banks of the Mississippi River, which made it a popular settlement for early Swedish immigrants. The namesake for the neighborhood is Mr. Joseph Elliot, an area physician, who donated his farm land to the city in 1893. This land is the site of the current Elliot Park, and another generous donation of Mr. Elliot resulted in the founding of Steele Park – these were the city’s first two parks.
The neighborhood began to rise to wealth near the end of the 19th century, as Downtown Minneapolis began to experience rapid growth. During that time, the neighborhood had the city’s only two parks, which made it a fashionable area to live in. Several large mansions sprang up along Park Avenue.
The neighborhood’s historical contribution to Minneapolis is significant. Two of the neighborhood’s buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places: The First Church of Christ, Scientist on 15th Street and the Hinkle-Murphy House at 619 S 10th Street. The neighborhood has been home to North Central University since 1936.
By the turn of the century, the neighborhood began to quickly gentrify, with numerous, high priced luxury condos enriching the neighborhood’s borders with the Central and Downtown East neighborhoods. The additions of Grant Park and the Skyscape condominiums have created a sudden increase in the young professional population in Elliot Park and has increased the appeal of Elliot Park as a downtown hot-spot for professionals seeking a cosmopolitan lifestyle. These additions, combined with the expansion of the Hennepin County Medical Center, have increased the attention on Elliot Park as a neighborhood undergoing significant positive redevelopment and gentrification.
Learn more about this neighborhood from Elliot Park Neighborhood Inc.