At a glance:
Resident Neighborhood Historian:
Serving a neighborhood that has been around for over 100 years, LHENA is committed to telling the Wedge's story, through documenting, preserving, and promoting the history of this place. This means public events, one-on-one listening, educational activities, and use of historical records.
We have a resident historian in Kathy Kullberg. Kathy is a long-term Wedge resident who is bursting with passion for historical factoids. Contact Kathy with any questions or curiosities about the past lives of your home or apartment building, or anything else about this place's past.
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The Lowry Hill East Neighborhood is named after Thomas Lowry, a leader in the development of rapid mass transit who installed the horse-drawn street cars that first ran along the neighborhood in the 1880s. The neighborhood is most often referred to as The Wedge because of its boundaries – Lyndale, Hennepin, and Lake – forming the shape of a wedge.
The Wedge began as one of the first suburbs for the expanding downtown in the 1880s and 1890s. Many of these original Victorian homes still exist as both single and multi-family homes. Renters and homeowners alike cherish the beauty and history of these original buildings – one stretch along Bryant Avenue is a historic district and provides a glimpse into the enduring legacy of famed architect T.P. Healy. Over time, modern apartments have replaced some of the older mansions; most recently, there has been significant expansion of the residential housing along the business corridors and the Greenway that has enlivened these areas. At the heart of the neighborhood lies Mueller Park, named after brothers Robert and Herbert, residents and environmental stewards who served as natural historians of the neighborhood. The park was the result of the dedicated efforts of residents organized through LHENA who moved into the neighborhood in the 1970s to restore the aging, though still beautiful, housing stock and who raised their children alongside college students, artists, and musicians (most famously, The Replacements).
Today, the neighborhood remains a hub for mass transit options, as well as a home to bicycling enthusiasts who make use of the Bryant Ave bicycle boulevard and the Greenway that runs along the southern border of the neighborhood. The Wedge is among the most densely populated neighborhoods in the city of Minneapolis with nearly 7,000 residents living inside one square kilometer (87% of these renters), and business-lined corridors along its borders. This densely compact built environment makes the neighborhood a magnet for people who value the ability to walk or bike to businesses, schools, grocery stores (including the iconic Wedge Co-op, which was started in this neighborhood), medical and veterinary services, restaurants, and nightlife. The Wedge continues to be an exciting and dynamic neighborhood at the forefront of progressive urban living.