National Preservation Week festivities (May 5-12) include walking tours of Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse, the Historic Hennepin Avenue Theatre District and an awards luncheon. All are open to the public.
Started by the National Trust for Historic Places in 1971, this year's all-encompassing theme is "Cities, Suburbs and Countryside."
The Wednesday, May 7 City Hall tour will show off local history and the building's architectural details. The tour is from noon to 1 p.m., and tickets are free. Call 673-5301 to reserve a space. Meet in the City Hall atrium, by the Father of Waters Statue, 315 S. 4th St.
The theater district walking tour is Saturday, May 10. It showcases the Historic State, Orpheum, Pantages and Shubert theaters. Theatergoers walk to each venue at their own pace between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., an optional one-hour series of slide presentations and films from architects, historic preservationists and theatre managers discuss the restoration of the Hennepin theaters and the glory days of the Hennepin Avenue Theatre District.
Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour for $15 in the lobby of the Hennepin Center for the Arts, 528 Hennepin. Members of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota pay $5.
The Heritage Preservation Awards luncheon is Thursday, May 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at International Market Square, 275 Market St., room 185. The annual luncheon honors projects, people and organizations that preserve Minneapolis history. The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota will also announce their top 10 endangered places.
Lunch requires reservation through the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) by Friday, May 9. Lunch is $17. No late reservations or walk-ins will be accepted.