Phillips & Elliot Park Professional Review and Guide
"Park Avenue conjures up images of the affluent street of the same name in New York City, and elsewhere across the United States where the name was given to neighborhoods in obvious imitation. The Park Ave. area of Minneapolis was once the city’s Victorian mansion row— much as Summit Ave. is in St. Paul, with more than 30 mansions between 18th and 28th Streets. However, Park Ave. suffered a different fate than Summit Ave. due to its easily accessible location directly south of downtown on flat prairie land. Instead of falling into disrepair and remaining so for decades, as its larger St. Paul counterpart did, Park Ave. was repeatedly redeveloped from 1890 to its 1920 heyday. Numerous great mansions on Park Ave. were razed, carved into apartments, or converted into homes for organizations such as the Ebenezer Church offices, the Shriners (Zuhrah Shrine Temple, 2540 Park Ave.), and social organizations such as chemical-dependency halfway houses and mental health treatment centers. The remaining Park Ave. mansions are most heavily concentrated in the Phillips neighborhood, while the north part of the walk heads into the Elliot Park neighborhood in the shadow of downtown. After losing almost half its population to freeway construction between 1950 and 1970, Elliot Park, today more affluent than Phillips, has become a hip hub for renovated and newly constructed apartments and condos."