Tell me more about the history of the Tour.

The tour started in the late 1980s as a program of the City of Minneapolis, joined by the City of St. Paul a year later. The Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), created in 1990 to revitalize the neighborhoods of Minneapolis and make them better places to live, work, learn and play became a major sponsor of the Home Tour in 1992 and provided funding and staff support.

Neighborhood organizations used their NRP monies for various programs to help renovate homes and complete other community improvement projects, and the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour served as a showcase for these projects and the neighborhoods. It was natural for NRP to take over leading the tour from 2003 to 2011, evolving it from being supported mostly by governments and non-profit agencies, to a Minneapolis and Saint Paul public/private partnership focused on showcasing homeowners and neighborhoods.

As NRP ended its operations as a multi-jurisdictional partnership and neighborhood revitalization program, it looked for an organization that could continue the Home Tour in the spirit and traditions of the previous 24 years. It selected Pro Media Inc. to perform the coordination function because of the experience, commitment, knowledge and enthusiasm of its owners and staff.

Pro Media, Inc. transferred the tour to National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Minnesota, in 2021.