The Irvine Park District
Map of Irvine Park District and West End Neighborhood (1857)
Backstory and Context
Irvine Park surrounds its namesake, one of the three oldest green spaces in the city (the other two are Rice and Mears parks). As you walk around the park you will discover that roughly a third of the homes that surround it are not original to this location.
The park and the district have experienced many changes over the intervening 170 years and some of those changes live in the landscape you're about to explore.
We'll begin with by looking at one of those houses, then continue into the park itself.
NOTE: Make sure you watch your step on uneven sidewalks as you look around!
Millett, Larry. The AIA Guide to the Twin Cities (MNHS Press, 2007).
Jim Sazevich, “Irvine Park,” Saint Paul Historical, accessed June 30, 2020, https://saintpaulhistorical.com/items/show/53