The Historic Story
Green Acres, An Enchanting Event Center in a Historic Barn is the perfect venue to create beautiful and unforgettable memories in a magical, old-world setting conveniently located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. After over two years of restoration, Green Acres officially opened March 1, 2013.
Previously the Goodrich-Ramus barn, Green Acres is the oldest standing barn in Eden Prairie and an important part of Minnesota history. In 2009, Hennepin County developed construction plans to widen Pioneer Trail and considered demolishing the barn, but the City of Eden Prairie and the Historical Society stepped in to save it. After reading an article in the Star Tribune about its demise, Steven Schussler, well-known as the creator of the Rainforest Cafe® chain of restaurants, was inspired to restore the barn.
Built in 1942, with a Gothic Arch shape roof of ancient timbers and rare yellow glazed tile, this historic barn has been meticulously and lovingly restored. Original materials were used or exposed when and where available to keep the rich history and beauty of its structure. The barn’s authenticity was preserved and complemented with the modern conveniences of heat, air conditioning, new up-to-date bathrooms, an elevator, sound system, and theatrical lighting.
Green Acres is the winner of the Friends of Minnesota Barns 2012 Barn of the Year for Best Non-Agricultural Adaptive Re-Use. It is also the first and only event center in the city of Eden Prairie Minnesota, which has been recognized as #1 Best Place to Live in America in 2010 MONEY magazine.
Create your most memorable event amongst the crystal and candlelight chandeliers, a collection of antique jukeboxes, an extravagant Italian water fountain, old fashioned player pianos, music, color and lighting. Cozy seating areas around warm fireplaces with weathered horse saddles, antique kerosene lanterns, aged furniture, and artwork makes your guests feel comfortable and transports them back to those fond bygone days of the past. As homage to its original purpose as a dairy barn, a white picket fence harbors eclectic and artfully painted cows representing Picasso, The Big Apple, and a baseball player along with classic Holstein black and white cows.