1514 Dupont Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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John Lohmar house

Photo of John Lohmar House, Hennepin County
Photo from National Register Nomination
Address: 1514 Dupont Avenue N
Neighborhood/s: Old Highland, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Near North, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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State/province
Minneapolis, Minnesota
County-
State/province:
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1898
Primary Style: Queen Anne
Major Alterations: Intact
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Architect or source of design: Jeub, Peter
Builder: Jeub, Peter
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Asbestos
Material of Roof: Asphalt Shingles
Material of Foundation: Limestone
Building Permit Number: B40687
First Owner: John Lohmar
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Notes: The house is located in a near-to-the-central business district residential area formerly called "Highland" for its position on a slight hill above the Mississippi River in north Minneapolis. John Lohmar was a merchant and milliner of German heritage who owned and operated a department store on Washington Avenue North.

Old Highland, Near North Minneapolis Hennepin County

1514 Dupont Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota
(44.9941554° N, 93.2925974° WLatitude: 44°59′38.959″N
Longitude: 93°17′33.351″W
)
National Register of Historic Places Information
Certification date: April 18, 1977
Level of significance: Local
Primary Style: Queen Anne


The John Lohmar House at 1514 Dupont Avenue North is a three story frame residence executed in the late phase of the Queen Anne mode by contractor/builder Peter Jeub in 1898. It is situated on an ample lot which has retained many features of turn of the century landscaping such as hedges, perennial and fern beds, and separated front and rear lawns.

The Lohmar house was purchased from direct descendants of the original occupant, John Lohmar, in 1971. Since that time it has undergone an extensive program of restoration/preservation and has been returned to near turn-of-the-century condition.

The interior of the residence has survived intact with the only alterations being the introduction of hot water heating and electricity in 1910 and the addition of linoleum floor covering in the kitchen and bathroom.

A variety of fine-grade hardwoods are used throughout the first floor rooms. The second parlor is the only room with a fireplace. The dining room is dominated by a massive built-in buffet with spindlework and incised decoration and inset stained glass window bearing the Lohmar family coat-of-arms. The kitchen is the only room on the first floor with painted woodwork and cabinets; noteworthy is the pressed metal ceiling with gothic quatrefoil design.

The second story is divided into two sections -- family quarters in the front portion and service-oriented functions in the rear portion. All are finished in hand-grained pine and maple floors.

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History

The house exemplifies many typical Queen Anne design features in excellent state of preservation. Noted on the exterior are front wrap-around and rear doric colonnaded porches. The front porch is embellished by a knob-and-spindle balustrade, bracketted and dentillated cornice and pedimented gable with low relief scrolls and cartouche bearing the inced letter "L." A lattice-work grille occupies the space between the deck and foundation. The rear porch, although simpler, bears similar bracket and dentil treatment.

The principal facade (west) is basically symmetrical with the exception of offset entry. The second story is divided into two three part bay windows, the central sections of which are fixed pane with stained glass transons. Above these is the principal cornice, decorated with both large and small brackets and dentils. The third story has a secondary bracketted cornice, central three-part window, spindle-work balustrade, and twin conical spires crowned with wrought iron finials.

The exterior has undergone only two alterations since construction. The original cut-cedar shingle roofing has been replaced with asphalt compositi8on shingle roofing and the original clapboard siding was sheathed with asbestos-type shingles early in the twentieth century. The sheathing was accomplished with sympathy to the original architectural design of the building in that all ornamentation has been retained and the profile of the shingles approximates the narrow shingle siding of the nineteenth century shingle-style.

Memories and stories

Photo Gallery

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Victorian Christmas Party ca. 2002

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Victorian Christmas Party ca. 2002

Related Links

Image:Tdlindberg--1514 Dupont Avenue North - entry in Old Highland's 1980s Walking Tour Guide.pdf 1514 Dupont Avenue North - entry in Old Highland's 1980s Walking Tour Guide


Residents' Thoughts

In your opinion, where is the most beautiful spot in Old Highland?

The playing field between Bryant and Dupont & 15th and 14th. Fantastic view of Downtown skyline.

If you could tell someone moving here one thing about this community, what would you tell them?

Why do you think this is a good place for young people?

Close to downtown and to freeways that can get you anywhere in the metro area quickly; lots of bicycle paths; 1/2 way between River Parkway and Theodore Wirth Park


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