About the Depot - Awards
The last train may have pulled away in 1971, but with its enduring character and unique offerings the Depot has since gathered a collection of more recent honors and accolades:
- Minnesota Meetings and Events Best of 2016 Awards, "Best Historic or Cultural Venue".
- Xcel Energy presents The Depot Minneapolis with the Hotel Energy Conservation Award. This award celebrates the achievements of organizations in the hospitality sector that have taken significant steps to reduce their energy use.
- The Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot is named "Hotel Of The Year" by the Minnesota Lodging Association.
- The Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot is named "Top Lodging Pick for Family Reunions" by Midwest Living Guide in the March/April issue.
- MN Meetings & Events Magazine Best of 2008 Award for "Best Special Event Venue."
- Minnesota Bride Magazine Best of 2007 best of award for "Best Reception Site."
- MN Meetings & Events Magazine Best of 2007 Award for "Best Banquet/Reception Site."
- Minnesota Bride Magazine Best of 2006 award for "Best Reception Site."
- Meeting's & Events 2005 "Best of" Awards: The Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot wins both "Best Banquet Facility" and "Best Holiday Party Venue."
- Awarded "Best Banquet Facility" by Minnesota Meetings and Events.
- The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission & Minneapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects awards The Depot with "2002 Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse" for the Milwaukee Road Depot.
- Honor Award by The Preservation Alliance of MN (for preserving the historic resources of the state)
- MN Meetings & Events Magazine: Best Reception Site (selected by Editorial Advisory Board).
- MN Meetings & Events Magazine: Best Ballroom (selected by Editorial Advisory Board)
- MN Meetings & Events Magazine: Best Holiday Party Venue (selected from a readers' poll).
- Convention and Visitor's Association's "O.D. Gay Award". For making the most significant contribution in promoting tourism in Minneapolis.
- American Institute of Architects "Divine Details Award". Awarded to Shea Architects for their ingenuity in designing The Depot's train-shed curtain wall.
- American Institute of Architects "Project of The Year" award received.
- City of Minneapolis Planning Dept. & Committee on Urban Environment "CUE" Award for "Significant Achievement in Design and Aesthetic Excellence" for the Milwaukee Road Depot.
- Minnesota Shopping Center Association "Honorary 2001 STARR Award" for redevelopment, renovation & restoration for Milwaukee Road Depot.
- City Business "Best in Real Estate - Redevelopment" Award for Milwaukee Road Depot.
- City Business "Best in Real Estate - Best Overall" Award for Milwaukee Road Depot.