A lively urban oasis, Elliot Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Minneapolis. With an area of just 0.40 square miles, it’s primarily a residential community with few businesses and commercial offices. Yet, it’s an excellent location for single families and is within perfect walking distance of jobs, shops, restaurants and entertainment in neighboring districts.
Elliot Park Neighborhood Boundaries
A 45-block residential community, Elliot Park is adjacent to and south of Downtown Minneapolis. It is bordered by 5th Street South to the north, I-35W to the east, I-94 to the south, and 5th Avenue to the West.
Elliot Park Neighborhood History
Established in the late 1850s, Elliot Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Minneapolis. It was platted and developed alongside several communities that were built up around St. Anthony Falls at that time. Years later, two parks were developed and named after their benefactors: Elliot Park and Franklin Steele Square.
Some of the oldest residential structures can be found in this neighborhood. Sections of Ninth Street and Tenth Street house apartment buildings built between 1886 and 1915. Architectural styles of the times trended towards huge Victorian mansions for wealthy families. As more working class families moved closer to downtown for jobs, many of these mansions were converted into multi-family homes.
Elliot Park Neighborhood Landmarks
Elliot Park is home to two historic buildings that were once private residences. The Hinkle-Murphy House was built in 1886 and became known for its distinct architectural style—a twist on Georgian Revival. The Harry F. Legg House, however, reflects the classic Queen Anne architecture that was popular among upper-class families in the late 1800s. Both homes appear today as they did over a century ago and are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Another notable landmark is the Band Box Diner, which was recognized as a historic landmark by the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission in 2000. This chain of local restaurants began in Elliot Park in response to the growing popularity of cars in the 1920s and 1930s, and over time expanded to include 14 locations. Band Box’s pre-fab interiors were modeled after White Castle and designed to provide fast, around-the-clock service. While only the original diner remains today, it’s still one of the best greasy spoons in town.
The local recreation center offers programs and activities for youth and adults alike. Kids and teens will enjoy outdoor sports and the popular skateboard park, while parents and seniors can participate in field trips and other educational activities. The rec center is also home to two community gardens, which residents and neighborhood association members keep well-maintained year round.
Residents can dine out at several of neighborhood eateries, including East Village Grill, Huberts Sports Bar & Grill, and Band Box Diner. Java lovers can get their morning caffeine kick at Segue Café, Collin’s Café or Dunn Bros Coffee. Love a good picnic? Meet up with neighbors at the Franklin Steele Park pavilions for an afternoon of food and fun.
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