James J. Frankman House, 3310 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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James J. Frankman House

3310 Park Avenue - 2008
3310 Park Avenue - Side View
Address: 3310 Park Avenue
Neighborhood/s: Central, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1905-1907
Primary Style: Colonial Revival
Secondary Style: Queen Anne
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Builder: Frank S. Nordin and James J. Frankman
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Wood
Material of Roof: Asphalt Shingles
Material of Foundation: Limestone
First Owner: James J. and Josephine Frankman
Part of the Site: Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Central Minneapolis Hennepin County


According to Minneapolis building permits, Builder Frank S. Nordin partially completed this large Colonial Revival home in October of 1905. In 1907, Contractor James J. Frankman completed the job through what appears to be an extensive structural alteration to the home's foundation. Frankman finished the job by September of 1907 at a total combined cost of $6,310. Upon completion, James Frankman and his family immediately took up residence.


Although Frank S. Nordin at least partially completed this home, there are no records indicating that he ever resided at this address. However, Nordin did later end up building and living in two other Park Avenue homes: 3425 Park and 3505 Park, respectively. He remained a Park Avenue resident until the 1930s.

Minneapolis City Directories list James J. Frankman as 3310 Park's first occupant beginning in 1908. Frankman was a building contractor and Owner of Frankman Bros. Building Contractors. He lived at this address with his wife, Josephine, and their daughter, Fucille, and three sons, Leo, Gerald, and James until the 1930s.


3310 Park Avenue displays an interesting combination of both Colonial Revival orderliness and symmetry and dramatic Queen Anne detailing. Of particular interest are the two large, symmetrical bay windows protruding dramatically from the second floor. The windows flank an equally unusual centered bullseye window surrounded by four false keystones (this is just one of at least six similar bullseye windows found on this home). Finally, the verge boards along the front gabled roofline feature a particularly unusual and elegant saw tooth design.


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