James L. Lawther House, 927 West 3rd Street, Red Wing, Minnesota

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James L. Lawther House

Address: 927 3rd Street W
Red Wing, Minnesota
Goodhue County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1857
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick

Red Wing Goodhue County

James L. Lawther House, 927 West 3rd Street, Red Wing, Minnesota
(44.562509° N, 92.540346° WLatitude: 44°33′45.032″N
Longitude: 92°32′25.246″W
National Register of Historic Places Information
Reference Number: 75000982
Reference URL: [Reference]
Certification date: May 21, 1975
Level of significance: Local

Octagonal brick house with cupola, built in 1857 for James L. Lawther, prominent civic leader and real estate dealer.

Lawther was born in Ireland and immigrated to the United States in his teens. He came to Red Wing in 1855 when he was 23 years old. He worked as a real estate agent, a banker, grain merchant, and property owner, and quickly built a reputation as a sound businessman and shrewd investor. He built a landmark octagon-shaped home in Red Wing that still stands today. He moved back to Ireland to spend the last 15 years of his life, but his connections to Minnesota were strong enough that when he died, Minnesota newspapers published his obituary.


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[1] Red Wing walking tour

[2] Red Wing history

[3] Goodhue County historical society

[4] Wikipedia the James L. Lawther House

[5] Youtube Octagon House


Letter sent to James Lawther informing him he was elected Mayor of Red Wing

Red Wing Minn

Nov 13 1861

James Lawther, Esq.


At a special election held on the 12th day of November, A.D. 1861, in the City of Red Wing Goodhue County State of Minnesota. You were elected to fill the vacancy (Opening) in the office of mayor for said city of Red Wing. You will therefore appear and take and subscribe the necessary oath (Take the oath of office) within ten days from this date.

Witness my hand and the seal of said City the day and year above written.

P. Sandford City Clerk

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