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Lowry Hill Residents, Inc. Records

 Collection
Identifier: M/A 0401

Description of Contents

Lowry Hill Residents, Inc. (LHRI) records contain general and board of directors meeting minutes, notes, memos, fliers, membership information, administrative and financial documents, correspondence, project and subject files, print photographs, and publications created or compiled by the LHRI. Legal proceedings, court documents, inspection reports, building plans, zoning proposals, and property advocacy are separated by specific addresses and dates.

Records also contain Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) records for the Lowry Hill neighborhood, including documentation surrounding their early access funds to jumpstart the Thomas Lowry Park and Douglas School Park projects. In the years contained in this collection, the LHRI held both general and executive board meetings at various members’ homes and public locations within the Lowry Hill neighborhood. For general outreach, Lowry Hill Homeowners’ Association (LHHA) put out a community publication, the Lowry Hill Homeowner, beginning in 1970 and continued by the LHRI. LHRI meeting minutes were sometimes reprinted in the Hill and Lake Press.

Additional descriptive information is included at the beginning of each series.

Dates

  • 1965 - 2009

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours.

History

Currently operating as the Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association (LHNA), Lowry Hill Residents, Inc. (LHRI) was originally founded as Lowry Hill Homeowners, Inc. in 1948 following the World War II housing shortage when many neighborhood homes had been converted to rooming houses. The founding members sought to revive and maintain the neighborhood by restoring conformity with the area’s single-family/duplex zoning. In June of 1975, the association became Lowry Hill Residents, Inc., opening membership and the board seats to residents who did not own homes.

LHRI is one of the oldest and longest continuously operating neighborhood association in the Twin Cities; this is “largely due to its long-term struggle against attempts by developers to rezone various neighborhood properties for higher density new construction.” Much of LHRI’s early work was in opposition to these high-density housing proposals and construction of high-rise buildings, either residential or commercial.

Located just East of Loring Park, the LHRI jurisdiction includes “all that area bounded on the north by Kenwood Parkway, on the west by the westerly side of Kenwood Park and West Lake of the Isles Boulevard and on the south and southwesterly side by a line drawn from the intersection of West 22nd Street and West Lake of the Isles Boulevard around the northerly end of Lake of the Isles to the intersection of East Lake of the Isles Boulevard and West 22nd St; thence easterly along West 22nd Street to the intersection of 22nd Street and Hennepin Avenue and on the southeasterly end east side by Hennepin Avenue” (By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation, 1975).

In their own words: “We exist to preserve and enhance the unique character of our area. We must convince all present and future city officials of the value to the city of Lowry Hill, a neighborhood where persons of all races, creeds, national origins and ages, as well as diverse economic means, are not only made to feel welcome, but contribute to an atmosphere where people learn to appreciate the contributions to society of all people, and not just those of a narrow socio-economic background,” (Goals of Lowry Hill Residents, Inc., 1975).

Extent

6.34 Linear Feet (13 boxes, 1 oversized folder, negatives)

Language of Materials

English

Donor Information

This collection was donated by Diane Montgomery, former Board Member and Chair of the Lowry Hill History Committee, in February 2018 as accession 2018.03.

Related Materials in Hennepin County Library Special Collections

Hill and Lake Press 1976-2014 in Special Collection Periodicals

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Michael Valdez from August to October 2022.

Title
Lowry Hill Residents, Inc. Records
Status
Completed
Author
Michael Valdez
Date
August 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Minneapolis Central Library
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