Henry Willis House, 3131 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Henry Willis House

3131 Park Avenue - 2008
Address: 3131 Park Avenue
Neighborhood/s: Central, Minneapolis, Minnesota
City/locality-
State/province
Minneapolis, Minnesota
County-
State/province:
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1905
Primary Style: Queen Anne
Secondary Style: Colonial Revival
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Builder: Fred Anderson
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Wood
Material of Roof: Asphalt Shingles
Material of Foundation: Limestone
First Owner: Henry and Nellie Willis
Part of the Site: Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Central Minneapolis Hennepin County


INTRODUCTION

According to Minneapolis building permits, Builder Fred Anderson completed the construction of this Queen Anne-meets-Colonial Revival style home in August of 1905 for Henry and Nellie Willis at a total cost of $7,210, including a large barn that is no longer standing.


ORIGINAL OWNER

Minneapolis City Directories list Henry Willis as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Lung Bath Manufacturing Co., located in Minneapolis. The company specialized in the design and distribution of a medical apparatus used to treat diseases of the lungs and throat, providing both lung testing and therapeutic application of medicated vapor to the lungs or affected area.


Henry and Nellie Willis lived at 3131 Park Avenue with their daughter, Hazel, and servant, Caroline Peterson, until 1910.


ARCHITECTURAL STYLE

The home's asymmetrical architectural details, bay windows, and bump outs at once indicate a primarily Queen Anne design; however, its simple elegance, minimal detailing, and prominent third floor Palladian-style window are of the classic Colonial Revival style, making this house a primarily transitional design.

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