In 1976, as a gift to the city of Minneapolis in honor of its Bicentennial, The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis undertook the restoration of the Ard Godfrey House. Some 10,000 volunteer hours later, the house opened to an attending audience of 800 on July 4th, 1979. Today, the Godfrey House is the oldest remaining frame house in the city. The house has been impeccably restored by The Woman's Club and is filled with furnishings and household artifacts authentic to the 1850s--some original to the Godfrey family, including the walnut baby cradle and the Chickering rosewood piano that graces the parlor. Volunteers and interns dressed in 1850s period costumes give tours of the one and a half story house.
The Ard Godfrey house is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays in June, July and August, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. (The last complete tour is at 3:30 pm.) Bring a lunch and enjoy it at one of the picnic tables in Chute Square. Admission to the Godfrey House is free; donations are welcome. There are no restroom facilities on site. Special tours for groups of ten or more may be arranged year round for a minimal fee by calling Muriel (612-781-8791).
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For further details or additional information please call The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis (612-813-5300, option #9).
At the Ard Godfrey House we recognize the diverse needs of our audience and strive to offer accessible programming to enable all visitors to explore this historic site.
However, accessibility for guests with limited mobility can be challenging due to historic and natural features. With advanced notice, we will make every effort to respond to access needs. Our goal is to provide as much information as possible to guests before they visit our site.
For visitors who are blind or have low vision, a descriptive narrative of the Ard Godfrey House is recorded and available upon request. For visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing, printed information is available on site. For visitors with mobility disabilities, a disability entrance is provided and selected areas of the Ard Godfrey house are wheelchair accessible.