We've got some character-filled homes in Minneapolis, so much so that I've dedicated a website entirely to the subject. I'll be writing more about these old-style houses on this blog as well. But for now, please visit http://www.HousesOfMinneapolis.com and be sure to leave a comment!
On that website, Houses of Minneapolis, we refer to older character houses as being built prior to 1960. Minneapolis was incorporated in the 1850's and many houses were built to reflect the various contemporary design of the respective eras. Much of Minneapolis was built out in the 1900's through the 1960's. After that, Minneapolis was mostly fully developed. There are pockets of houses built more recently, as well as the occasional in-fill house, too.
Come and explore the various styles that you'll find around Minneapolis, including victorian, craftsman, prairie, colonial, mission, and more.