Today before work I went on an architectural walking tour of a few former synagogues on the North Side of Minneapolis. The tour was hosted by Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission, the Minneapolis Department of Planning and Economic Development, and the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest. We looked at the Mikro Kodesh, Tifereth B’nai Jacob and Shaari Zedek synagogues and the former Jewish Sheltering Home. It was really interesting and it was a good day to walk around looking at architecture. I was a bit disappointed that we could not go inside any of the buildings, but the outsides of the synagogues were very interesting. The synagogues are currently being used as churches, as the older populations have moved into other neighborhoods.