Wirth on the Woods


Minneapolis, MN


Lupe Development


100 Market-rate Senior Housing Units
100 Affordable Senior Housing Units
Masterplanning for 356 Units total



Located in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis, Wirth on the Woods seamlessly integrates housing and nature. Consisting of two six-story buildings connected by a single level of underground parking, The Theodore provides 100 units of affordable senior dwellings, while The Eloise offers 100 units of market-rating housing for seniors. Together, the development represents the transformation of an underutilized site into a vibrant community connected by trails, parks, and gardens. Residents can enjoy a variety of amenities like an outdoor plaza, club rooms, rooftop sky lounge, greenhouse, community gardens, and on-site trail connections to the adjacent Theodore Wirth Park.

Site density and stormwater control posed significant challenges for the design. To overcome these issues, the development team adopted a unique multi-agency approach, collaborating with the Minneapolis Public School Board, the City of Minneapolis, MHFA, and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. Rather than viewing these challenges as obstacles, the team identified them as opportunities to create new amenities. The development of a regional storm pond required meticulous engineering and wetland delineation, resulting in the transformation of the area into a boardwalk bridge and outdoor nature classroom.  Through this cohesive masterplan, Wirth on the Woods integrates thoughtful design of multiple buildings into a vibrant community.