HIGH RISE SENIOR HOUSING
Keeping high-rise housing viable
Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA)
Historical research, historic context, intensive-level architecture survey
31 high-rise properties
Evaluating the historic significance of high-rise housing complexes paves the way for future improvements.
The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) owns multiple mid-century high-rise housing complexes developed for low-income senior tenants
between 1959 and 1974. Because the history of these buildings and their eligibility for the National Register was unknown, planning for maintenance
and improvements was difficult.
Through the development of a historic context and completion of an intensive-level architecture survey of all 31 high-rise complexes, New History evaluated the eligibility of MPHA’s buildings for the National
Register. New History’s research and report clarified the important history of these buildings and streamlined planning for future projects, supporting the continued viability and use of MPHA’s high-rise housing facilities.