Amos B. Coe House, 1700 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Amos B. Coe House

Amos B. Coe House
Address: 1700 3rd Avenue S
Neighborhood/s: Stevens Square, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1884
Primary Style: Eastlake/Stick Style
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: Museum
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick
Material of Foundation: Limestone
First Owner: Amos B. Coe

Stevens Square Minneapolis Hennepin County

Amos B. Coe House, 1700 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota
(44.966026° N, 93.273111° WLatitude: 44°57′57.694″N
Longitude: 93°16′23.2″W
National Register of Historic Places Information
Reference Number: 84001418

The Amos B. Coe House is a 2½-story, Queen Anne style brick residence built in 1884 on the corner of Third Avenue South and East 17 th Street. Constructed for Minneapolis real estate developer Amos B. Coe, the house features a multi-gable roof, limestone trim, decorative brickwork and one-over-one windows. The main entrance (east) is set in a large front porch with a hip roof. A small, second story balcony is located above the main entrance. A rectangular tower anchors the northeast corner of the house, facing the intersection. An Eastlake balcony is located next to the tower on the north elevation, along with a polygonal bay and a large side porch.

The south elevation is defined by a massive chimney and a rectangular bay. A two-story, brick carriage house is located behind the house. The front (east) porch has been altered several times over the past 120 years. This porch originally had a hip roof with a flat section surrounded by a balustrade, a projected gable entry, and guard rails that swooped down between turned columns.

In the 1920s or 1930s the front porch was substantially rebuilt with a new roof line, straight (horizontal) guardrails and concrete steps flanked by knee walls. At a later date, the turned columns and spindle work balustrade were replaced by square columns and tongue and groove spandrels. [1]

In 2008 Roxanne Givens, daughter of prominent businessman Archie Givens, purchased Coe house and with funding from the City of Minneapolis, intends to create a Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center there.[1]


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Related Links

[1] Amos B. Coe House - City of Minneapolis

[2] Amos B. Coe House - Wikipedia

[3] Finding a Home for History, Southwest Journal Oct 6-18, 2008 Vol 19 No 20

[4] Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission hearing on Amos B. Coe House

[5] The Givens Collection of African American Literature

[6] Givens Collection of African American Literature - KTCA

[7] North Star Minnesota's Black Pioneers - KTCA


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