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Ard Godfrey House / Chute Square

28 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, United States
Admission: $0.00
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue. 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed. 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu. 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri. 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat. 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun. 06:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Building Hours: weekends 1 pm - 4 pm, June through August

Located near historic St Anthony Main, Chute Square is home to the Ard Godfrey House, the oldest remaining wood frame home in the Twin Cities. The building is free and open to the public on weekends between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., June through August.

Sun Dial at Ard Godfrey House

Sun Dial

When Visiting the Ard Godfrey House

  • The house is pleasantly air-conditioned. You may even want a sweater.
  • The tour is guided by members of the Women's Club and lasts about 20 minutes. You'll get a history lesson while you walk through.
  • If you want to learn more, the Minnesota Historical Society has photos, letters and diary excerpts from the Godfrey family.
  • The Women's club also offers additional information on their site.
  • No photography is allowed.
  • Though this house was probably luxurious for the time, the rooms are quite small and there is no touching or sitting allowed. I needed to remind my kids about this before and during the tour.
  • You'll need to leave your stroller outside.
  • Chute Park is easy walking distance from the Minneapolis Riverfront and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (the oldest church in continuous use in Minneapolis), which can make it part of a pleasant historic walk on summer weekends.
  • There are no restrooms at the park, but you can always go buy a treat at Byerlys and use theirs if necessary.

Picnicking at the Ard Godfrey House 

We often come here to picnic on work days because it's located just north of Downtown Minneapolis, right across the street from a Byerlys. The family can pick me up, run through Byerlys, and sit down to eat all in a one-hour lunch break.

Open Houses are held on Saturdays and Sundays in the Summer

Open Houses are held on Saturdays and Sundays in the Summer

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