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The Milwaukee Road Depot and Freight House was built from 1897-99 to meet the growing demands of railroad expansion and the city’s industrial and commercial sectors. Architect Charles Frost designed the depot. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Today The Depot stands a reminder of the railroading days of the past as well as a mixed-used commercial space.

  • The Depot, formerly the Milwaukee Road Depot and Freight House, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The last train left in 1971.

Initially, the depot was the end of the line for the Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad Company. It’s a three-story Renaissance Revival structure with arched doorways, marble floors and carved wood ceilings. Behind the station was a long-span steel truss-roofed train shed. This shed is one of only 12 remaining ones in the United States.

The last train left the depot in 1971. In 1998, the city sold it to developers who turned it into the mixed-used complex it is today. Notably, it is the home to a pair of hotels, the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot and Residence Inn Minneapolis Downtown at The Depot. The Depot is also home to Milwaukee Road restaurant. The Depot also serves as a popular meeting and special event special as well as parking spot for area events.

The Depot website, accessed May 2, 2017.

Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission website, accessed May 2, 2017.