The Armatage Neighborhood was originally part of Richfield, but was annexed to Minneapolis in the mid-1920s. Homes in the neighborhood began to rise up in the 1940s, and by 1960 most of the neighborhood was established. In 1952, the Armatage Community School was built and named in recognition of a distinguished leader by the name of Maude Armatage. During her active years she was tireless in her efforts to improve the civic, cultural, leisure time, and educational life of this community. Ms. Armatage served as a member of the Minneapolis Board of Park Commissioners for 30 years and was instrumental in developing one of the finest park systems in the country at the time. Her interests were broad in scope, among which included education and recreation for children and adults. She was responsible for a resolution establishing joint use of school board and park board facilities for recreational purposes. She pioneered in women's rights and became actively engaged in equal rights for all women at a time when it was unpopular to do so. Her devotion to duty and integrity, as well as her pleasing personality, love for children, and outstanding character, were hallmarks of her life. Since that time, the neighborhood has continued to grow and develop in the direction first inspired by Maude Armatage.
Located in the southwest corner of the city, Armatage neighborhood is bounded on the north by 54th Street West, on the east by Logan Avenue South, and on the south and west by the city limits at Highway 62 and Xerxes Avenue South. Armatage is built up with mostly single-family housing and some multifamily buildings. The neighborhood also has a park with a community center.
Armatage Neighborhood Association
The Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA) was established in 1991 to represent all residents and their interests in the neighborhood. The ANA is responsible for the direction of large sums of money through the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) to be spent on improving our community. Â The NRP has since changed as of September 26, 2008 to the Neighborhood & Community Engagement Commission (NCEC). The ANA Board consists of an 11 member all volunteer group of residents that meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm. They are committed to listening to neighborhood concerns and develop solutions to resolve them. The Board also works with city leaders to help in communicating city topics impacting the neighborhood and act as the public voice for the neighborhood.
Examples of previous Armatage projects have been helping Fire Station 28 relocate to their current location; adding a new gym, playground, and gateway public art sculpture; giving grants to local businesses for exterior improvements, and the distribution of two rounds of home improvement grants to residents.