Martin W. Hanks House, 1312 4th Street South, Stillwater, Minnesota

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Martin W. Hanks House

Exterior front of the Martin W. Hanks House
Address: 1312 4th Street S
Neighborhood/s: South Hill, Stillwater, Minnesota
Stillwater, Minnesota
Washington County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1896
Primary Style: Queen Anne
Additions: Period-appropriate family room added to rear of home.
Major Alterations: Intact
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Builder: Sprich and Schmidt
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Wood
Material of Roof: Asphalt Shingles
Material of Foundation: Stone
Building Permit Number: 570
First Owner: Martin W. Hanks
Notes: Martin W. Hanks was the son of steamboat captain Stephen B. Hanks, who was a cousin to Abraham Lincoln. Martin Hanks was the Secretary of the Stillwater Lumber Company.

South Hill Stillwater Washington County

Although a relatively small Queen Anne for the City of Stillwater, the Martin W. Hanks House has lovely architectural features, including a wrap around front porch, upper porch with intact period trim and circular window element, and turret. The garden in the front yard was featured in the book Minnesota Gardens, and some of the plants have existed in the garden for over a century. The interior of the home features hardwood floors and several rooms have inlaid borders in various woods. A built-in-buffet, three pocket doors, open staircase, circular window, eyebrow window, canted window, period-appropriate light fixtures, and original door hardware are just a few highlights of this home. The canted stained glass window was featured in the Windows of Stillwater print.

Martin Hanks was the Secretary of the Stillwater Lumber Company, the son of steamboat captain Stephen Hanks, and the grandson of Thomas Hanks. Thomas Hanks was the brother of Nancy Hanks, who was the mother of Abraham Lincoln.

The original building permit, number 570, is dated May 28, 1896.


Peterson, Brent. "Stephen Hanks: Lincoln's Cousin and Steamboat Pilot." St. Croix Valley Press [White Bear Lake, Minnesota] 9 Sept. 1999: 9. Print.

1896-1897. Stillwater City Directory. Stillwater, Minnesota.

1900-1901. Stillwater City Directory. Stillwater, Minnesota.

St. Croix Collection. 28 May 1896. City of Stillwater Building Permit. Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater, MN.

Price, Susan Davis. "Gardening Renaissance 1970 - 1995." Minnesota Gardens: An Illustrated History. Afton, MN: Afton Historical Society, 1995. 128-29. Print.

Windows of Stillwater. N.d. Print. Stillwater, Minnesota.


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