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Historic walking tour: 'A Stroll Down Kenwood Pkwy to Lake of the Isles'

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The Kenwood neighborhood of Minneapolis is kind of haven within the city; its hilly park and tree-lined walkways offer sanctuary and close proximity to Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake. One of the neighborhood's more well-known claims to fame, however, involves a fictional resident who lived at the fictional address of 119 North Weatherly.

For those of you who aren't in the know, that resident was Mary Richards, the main character on the Mary Tyler Moore show. The show's exterior shots of Miss Richards's residence are at a real address: 2104 Kenwood Parkway.


[jump] This Saturday, local historian Bob Glancy host "A Stroll Down Kenwood Pkwy to Lake of the Isles." The new tour is available through Preserve Minneapolis, an organization dedicated to preserving and revitalizing the architectural and cultural resources of the city. The "Mary Tyler Moore House" will be just one of many exciting stops along the way.

After many years of working as a realtor in Lowry Hill, Kenwood, and Lake of the Isles, Glancy has become a bit of an expert on the more interesting details of these neighborhoods, which he will share on this two hour-long walking tour. According to the Cool Old Buildings blog, Glancy is quite active in testifying before before the Minneapolis City Council for the preservation of old homes. Additionally, he was an advocate with the group that saved the John Speedy house and Waldron bungalows. He is currently working toward getting an historic designation for Minneapolis's Lowry Hill neighborhood.

You can learn more about the history behind these Minneapolis neighborhoods this Saturday, May 21. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and participants will meet at the Kenwood Water Tower, located at 1700 Kenwood Pkwy. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online.