Reinhold Zeglin House, 3621 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Reinhold Zeglin House

3621 Park Avenue, approx. 1909 (courtesy of Marjorie Zeglin Towers)
3621 Park Avenue following the enclosure of the front porch in 1913. Today, the home remains virtually unchanged. (courtesy of Joni Zeglin-Lerum)
Address: 3621 Park Avenue
Neighborhood/s: Central, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1905
Primary Style: Colonial Revival
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Architect or source of design: Barclay Cooper
Builder: Barclay Cooper
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Wood
Material of Roof: Shingle
Material of Foundation: Limestone
First Owner: Anson W. and Ella B. Morey
Part of the Site: Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Central Minneapolis Hennepin

Reinhold Zeglin House, 3621 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota
(44.937375° N, 93.26508° WLatitude: 44°56′14.55″N
Longitude: 93°15′54.288″W


According to Minneapolis building permits, original owners Anson W. and Ella B. Morey commissioned Master Builder Barclay Cooper to construct this single-family Colonial Revival home in the middle of a platted double lot on Park Avenue in south Minneapolis in June of 1905. Work was completed in November of 1905, at a total cost of $5,085. The Moreys lived at 3621 Park Avenue for only a short time before selling it to Reinhold and Amelia Zeglin in October of 1908.


Barclay Cooper was a highly successful Master Builder, having erected a number of important residential structures from both his own designs and those of such prominent architects as William Channing Whitney, William Kenyon, James Allen McLeod, Fremont D. Orff, F. F. Sewell, Walter Keith, Edward S. Stebbins, Lowell A. Lamoreaux, George E. Bertrand, and Arthur B. Chamberlin. Among the many notable Minneapolitans that Cooper built these fine residences for include: Allen Harmon (after whom downtown's Harmon Place Historic District is named) on Hennepin Avenue; pioneer resident and successful stone contractor George McMullen (most notable for his construction of the historic Pillsbury "A" Mill and bridges for the railroads) on Chestnut Avenue; politician John S. Proctor and businessman Ralph M. Chapman (owner of R. M. Chapman Co. Grocers, Bakers, Confectioners) on Lowry Hill just off of Lake of the Isles; and prominent attorney Mortimer Hayes Boutelle at 1123 Mount Curve Avenueand Hennepin County Attorney and Minnesota Congressman Frederick H. Boardman at 1903 Mount Curve Avenue. Barclay Cooper also built several important commercial structures, including the Curtis Hotel's Curtis Court Apartments and the Metropolitan Theater.[1]

In 1888, along with 15 other master builders, including Frank. B. Long and Horace Newell Leighton, Barclay Cooper incorporated the Builders Exchange of Minneapolis, an exclusive fraternity of master builders with an interest in “advancing the building interests of the City of Minneapolis.” Barclay Cooper was elected Vice-President of the Exchange in 1892.[2]


Reinhold Zeglin and his family owned and operated the Coney Island Hotel and Resort on "Coney Island of the West" on Lake Waconia (Waconia, Carver County, MN) between 1888 and 1939. Under Zeglin ownership, the island was notable for being a popular resort and outdoor recreation destination for many prominent business, mercantile, and political figures of the day from both Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as several period celebrities, including silent-screen star Sarah Bernhardt, the Hutchinson Family Singers, and even a rumored Mark Twain and Al Capone.[3]

Today, Coney Island, and what remains of its Victorian hotel and cottages, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For historic photos of the Coney Island Hotel and Resort, visit the Minnesota Historical Society Visual Resource Database.

Minneapolis city directories for the years 1909 through 1922 list "Mr. and Mrs. Reinhold Zeglin" at 3621 Park Avenue, and the 1910 federal census lists Reinhold Zeglin (58) at 3621 Park Avenue along with his wife, Amelia (48); daughter, Emma (26); son, Reinhold (11); and son, Albert (8).

In January of 1910, Reinhold Zeglin applied for a building permit to have W.F. Doeltz & Son construct a large duplex on one of two Park Avenue lots he owned just to the south of his own home. He commissioned the home to be built for his youngest daughter, Minnie, and her recently married husband, Frank Bender. Construction was completed by July of 1910, and Minneapolis city directories list "Frank W. and Minnie Bender" as residing at 3625 Park Avenue starting in 1911 through 1915.

During Reinhold Zeglin's years as Proprietor of the Coney Island Hotel and Resort, he and Amelia spent much of their summers on the island and winters at their Park Avenue residence. They lived at 3621 Park Avenue until 1922, when Amelia died. When Reinhold passed away in late 1943, at the age of 91, area papers touted him as “reputedly the oldest voter in Minneapolis.”[4]


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[1] Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 30, 2010


    2. History of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Part II, by Isaac Atwater, Editor: Munsell & Company, Publishers, New York, 1893. Pages 783-784.

    3. Waconia, Paradise of the Northwest: The Lake and Its Island, Waconia Heritage Associaton, 1986. Pages 43-56.

    4. Waconia Patriot, October 7, 1943. Page 1.

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