Adolph & Hildur Ronning House, 5030 Woodlawn Boulevard, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Adolph & Hildur Ronning House, 5030 Woodlawn Boulevard, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Address: 5030 Woodlawn Boulevard
Neighborhood/s: Nokomis, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1930
Primary Style: Spanish Revival
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Architect or source of design: Arthur Dahlstrom
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Stucco
First Owner: Adolph & Hildur Ronning
Notes: Hildur Ronning assisted architect Arthur Dahlstrom to design the house.

Adolph Ronning received dozens of patents for his inventions, which included the Ensilage Harvester, a power road grader, and a wobble-stick control used in the M46 General Patton tank.

Nokomis Minneapolis Hennepin County

Adolph & Hildur Ronning House, 5030 Woodlawn Boulevard, Minneapolis, Minnesota
(44.911388° N, 93.233904° WLatitude: 44°54′40.997″N
Longitude: 93°14′2.054″W

The house was built in 1930 for $69,000. It featured tulip motifs and reflected Norwegian and Swedish influences, including a replica of an 18th-century Swedish room, according to the Homegazing feature of the Star Tribune Homes section, page 1H, November 22, 2008.

This Spanish Revival home was designed by Arthur Dahlstrom. Mrs. Hildur Ronning was involved in the planning. All of the original woodwork has been preserved throughout the home, including the handcrafted American Black Walnut Tulip doors. Carved from one tree, the two sets of Tulip doors are handrubbed with oil and were personally designed by the Ronning Family. Tulips can be found in the doorway arches, as well as in the imported English tile found in the original Art-Deco bathrooms.


Adolph Ronning was an inventor who began turning ideas around in his head when he was just a young boy. One of his biggest inventions was the field ensilage harvester which reduced labor by 50% or more and eventually received universal acceptance by industry. He also debuted the Ronning Road Planer at the Minnesota State Fair in 1924, which eventually became the power road grader used today. Adolph also contributed to the war effort by inventing the wobble-stick control used in the M46 General Patton tank, for which he received a citation, one of only 20 issued. Adolf had hundreds of patents under his name, including those for headlight dimmers and tractor powered golf course mowers (later sold to Toro). He was inventing up until the time he died and was a man with a mind way before his time.


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