Samuel Glading House, 3624 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Samuel Glading House

3624 Park Avenue - Fall 2008
3624 Park Avenue - 2008
Address: 3624 Park Avenue
Neighborhood/s: Central, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1898
Primary Style: Queen Anne
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Architect or source of design: J. H. Record
Builder: Thos. McCourt
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Wood
Material of Roof: Asphalt Shingles
Material of Foundation: Limestone
First Owner: Samuel Glading
Part of the Site: Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Central Minneapolis Hennepin County


According to Minneapolis building permits, original owners Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Glading commissioned Architect J. H. Record to design this Queen Anne home in 1898. Building Contractor Thos. McCourt completed construction in November of that same year at a total cost of $4,285.


J. H. Record was a partner in the successful firm of Barnett and Record. In addition to its residential work, the firm was well-known for having designed a number of Minneapolis's most notable grain elevators.


According to Minneapolis City Directories, Samuel Glading was a successful Real Estate Investor and Developer whose business was located at 224 S. 10th Street. Samuel Glading was responsible for the development of at least six known homes on the 3600 and 3700 blocks of Park Avenue alone, three of which were designed by Architect J. H. Record and one of which was designed by prolific Master Builder and Architect Theron Potter Healy (T.P. Healy), of Healy Block Historic District fame (a locally and nationally designated historic collection of elaborate Queen Anne-style homes in the Central Neighborhood of South Minneapolis). Of all of his Park Avenue developments, however, Samuel Glading chose 3624 for his own residence.

Mr. and Mrs. Glading lived at 3624 Park for only one year. Following Mrs. Glading's untimely death, it is said that Mr. Glading was too heartbroken to remain in the house, and so he sold it to Harry and Anna Gramps in 1900.

Harry Gramps was a Traveling Agent for the Minneapolis Furniture Company. Harry and Anna Gramps lived at 3624 Park Avenue with their three sons, Ernest, Roy, and Floyd, and their four daughters, Grace, Beatrice, Florence, and Helen. The Gramps family lived in the property until the mid-1950s.

Following decades of living alone, moving from apartment to apartment in downtown Minneapolis, in an interesting twist of fate Samuel Glading eventually remarried a woman by the name of Della and, at the age of 79 (Della being 47, 32 years his junior) made his way back to the street that he once had a hand in developing. According to the 1930 Census records, Samuel and Della E. Glading this time purchased 3144 Park Avenue, just 4.5 blocks north of Samuel's first Park Avenue home, where they resided with their live-in servant, Helen B. Nordling. Samuel Glading died 11 years later on November 3, 1941.


This home is a beautifully preserved example of the Queen Anne style, with its asymmetrical window and door placement, tall and steep gabled roofline, elaborate decorative detailing, and mullioned lattice top window panes. Of particular interest is the original and well-preserved elaborate wrought iron porch balustrade.


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