History of 300 Clifton

300 Clifton B&B is the most important historical house in Minneapolis. It is on the National Register of Historic Places because of the 1906 owner, Eugene J Carpenter’s, involvement in the establishment of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Massive Drawing Room at 300 Clifton B&B

The Drawing Room is decorated with original lighting, paintings, and furniture from 1906.

More than that, Eugene Carpenter set the trajectory of Minneapolis for the next century. Through work on the City Charter, and also Minneapolis State legislature, Eugene Carpenter canonized the importance of art for the masses. He established clubs and traditions which put the responsibility on corporations and the affluent to support the arts for the betterment of all of the citizens of Minneapolis. He believed that ‘art changes everything.’

The thriving arts scene, which now defines Minneapolis, resulted from Eugene Carpenter’s vision and labors..

The facade of MIA established in 1915

The Minneapolis Institute of Art was conceived, founded and promulgated in an effort led by Eugene Carpenter of 300 Clifton.

Historically, more is known about the history of 300 Clifton, the huge 20,000 sq ft estate, than nearly any other mansion in the Twin Cities. Original furniture, lighting, and artwork decorates the modern day bed and breakfast.

Guests have access to the history of the deeply important mansion through in room information, QR codes around the estate, and the knowledgeable staff. Historical tours and questions and answers about the estate also accompany many of the Minneapolis Trolley Tours which originate and terminate at the mansion.

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