Washburn-Fair Oaks Mansion District, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Washburn-Fair Oaks Mansion District

Neighborhood/s: Whittier, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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State/province
Minneapolis, Minnesota
County-
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Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year Established: February 17, 1978
Current Function: Historic district

Whittier Minneapolis Hennepin

Washburn-Fair Oaks Mansion District, Minneapolis, Minnesota
(44.960303827642° N, 93.274526596069° WLatitude: 44°57′37.094″N
Longitude: 93°16′28.296″W
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The Washburn-Fair Oaks "Mansion" District is located in Minneapolis, just south of downtown. Fair Oaks became a fashionable neighborhood for several generations of Minneapolitans because it was convenient to downtown while it was separated by elevation of land from the working class sections of the city. The neighborhood's grandest mansions were built by the first generation of Minneapolis business leaders from the 1850's to the 1880's. Unfortunately, only one of the houses from this era remains. Today, the district consists of the early 20th century homes of the second generation elite, which are clustered around the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Fair Oaks Park, and the First Christian Church.

These structures were built on the sites of the earlier mansions. Most of the houses are now used for commercial and institutional purposes. The architecture of the neighborhood showcases the work of some of Minneapolis' most prominent architects, including William Channing Whitney, Hewitt & Brown, and Ernest Kennedy. A wide range of period revival styles were popular during this period, and most of them are represented in the district. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

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