John C. Stevens House, W. 1541 Minnehaha Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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John C. Stevens House

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Address: 1541 Minnehaha Avenue W
Neighborhood/s: Hamline-Midway, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1886
Primary Style: Victorian
Additions: Porch addition around 1910, new windows & shutters added.
Major Alterations: Altered
Moved from Location: no
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: Other
Builder: J. C. Stevens
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Weatherboard
Material of Roof: Asphalt Shingles
Building Permit Number: 8262
First Owner: John C. Stevens

Hamline-Midway Saint Paul Ramsey County

John C. Stevens House, W. 1541 Minnehaha Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(44.9628781° N, 93.1655135° WLatitude: 44°57′46.361″N
Longitude: 93°9′55.849″W

The information provided here is from the 1983 Ramsey County Historical Society and Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission Historic Sites Survey:

Date of site visits 1/27/82 Fieldworker: R. Younger

Historical Background: This home in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood was built in 1886 for John C. Stevens, "who was employed as a teacher who boarded at Hamline University in 1886-87." The John C. Stevens house was built for "$1,950," and Stevens "by 1887-88 is listed as a resident of a house 'two east of Snelling Avenue' which is presumably this house. By 1889-90 he is listed as a resident of this house." The Stevens house is 2 and 1/2 stories with "one interior brick chimney." The house was built with a wood frame and clapboard is used as the"main exterior wall covering." The roof stye is a "intersecting hip and gable" with "rectangular 1/1" fenestration.

Other significant details: "Complex, asymmetrical design, with picturesque roofline, rich surface textures. Simple bargeboards, shingles, diagonal sheathing and stickwork in gable ends. Queen Anne style windows. Porch (which probably dates ca. 1910) is an open wrap around porch with Tuscan columns, pediment over entrance, simple balustrade.

Legal description: "Lot 12, Block 8, Hamline Plat Addition"

Statement of significance: "This elegant Victorian house retains much of its original ornamentation. It appears as if the Colonial Revival wrap around porch was added ca. 1910"

Level of Significance: Local

Sources of information: "1886-90 Polk's St. Paul City Directory"


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