About 1666 Coffman

          Coffman@umn.edu     Office 651-644-4541


Revised 11/22/17


Enjoy carefree gracious living among friends in a  University of Minnesota Community

Since the founding of 1666 Coffman in 1986, the University of Minnesota faculty and staff who live here have created a stimulating and congenial community. They lead busy, active lives—working, traveling, enjoying summers at the lake or winters in the South or West, volunteering in diverse ways, or joining friends and neighbors in the many unique activities at 1666.


1666 is an active University community for independent living, designed specifically for people who have worked at the University at some time during their careers. There are no assisted living services provided directly by the Association for persons with special needs.

It is a 93-unit condominium association with a seven-member Board of Directors who are elected for two-year terms. The Association is served by strong professional management including several full-time employees. The Board provides oversight under a formal Declaration, Bylaws, and Regulations. This has enabled the Association to achieve a positive financial structure with reserves.

The Palladian-style building with well-planned apartments is on 6.5 acres of land leased from the University of Minnesota. It is surrounded by protected natural areas: woods, private garden plots, wildflower gardens, Grove Park, the University Golf Course and Driving Range, and the UM agricultural fields.

                          Blue Moon over 1666 Coffman               photo by George Anderson


Whether you are actively employed or actively retired, you will appreciate the convenience of living at 1666. When the spirit moves, you can lock your unit and GO. Whether you are in residence or absent, the professional management assures you that the building remains secure and continues running…no snow to shovel, no grass to mow, no worries. “Effective  June 25, 2013, the Board of Directors has declared 1666 Coffman Condominium and grounds a SMOKE-FREE facility.”

Those who work find the accessibility to all campuses a great convenience. Leave your car in the underground heated garage. A free campus Circulator picks you up in front of the building and takes you to the St. Paul Campus where a free Connector transports you to Minneapolis and West Bank Campuses.

Have another destination in mind? Take the Metro Transit Bus 61 from directly in front of 1666 to downtown St. Paul or cross Larpenteur Avenue to the bus stop directly in front of the Driving Range to have the 61 Bus whisk you to downtown Minneapolis in 20 minutes. If you wish to travel to Minneapolis International Airport Lindberg Terminal I or Mall of America, simply alight from the 61 bus at 5th and Hennepin and cross the street to the Light Rail. Depending upon the time of day, you can travel from 1666 all the way to the airport in approximately 60 minutes…in comfort at one low fare.

At no extra cost, your monthly fee allows the use of the fine facilities. Here you will find opportunities to develop or maintain hobbies. There is a two-story library, a fully equipped, newly renovated workshop, a craft room.  You can work your green thumb on your own garden plot. You can pedal or walk to nowhere in the upgraded exercise room; relax in the exercise room sauna; or picnic in a charming gazebo in the courtyard.

Coffman offers a wealth of rich intellectual stimulation through concerts, lecture series on science, technology and the humanities, book reviews, art exhibits and a library with a wide range of holdings.

There is more. The volunteer committees arrange many interactive programs, e.g., bridge, the Coffman Players, Storytellers, Book Review, Technology Education, etc. The gracious Social Room is the scene of many delightful concerts, the Humanities and Coffman Lecture Series, the Saturday Forums, Sunday movies on the large-screen, and other activities. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers onsite classes free to 1666 Coffman residents.

With pleasure, the Board of Directors announces that Luzette Catering has started managing the 1666 Garden Terrace Restaurant as of Jan 01, 2018. Dinner service at moderate cost is Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 5:00 – 7:30 P.M. Brunch on Sunday is at Noon. The Dining Room is closed Monday. If possible and if adequate notice is given, attention will be given to special dietary requirements. Menus are online.

The 1666 Board Dining Service Committee will work with Luzette’s Catering throughout the coming year to plan special events and to ensure an enjoyable dining experience.

Other optional amenities include two guest rooms with baths, beauty/barber shop, the opportunity for private parties in the Garden Terrace Dining Room or Social Room, coin-operated laundries, a free car wash in the garage and cable TV.

Beyond 1666, the University Golf Course and Driving Range just across Larpenteur Avenue provide the opportunity to learn about and play golf. It also affords wonderful views for many units and a delightful place to cross-country ski or snowshoe in winter. The recently updated St. Paul Campus gym, swimming pool, running tracks and tennis courts are only a short walk away.