John A. Widstrom Tenement

Individual Landmark


 1985 John A. Widstrom Tenement

 2006 John A. Widstrom Tenement

Address: 617-21 19 th Avenue South

Neighborhood: Cedar-Riverside

Construction Date: 1886

Contractor: Unknown

Architect: Unknown

Architectural Style: Italianate

Historic Use: Private Residences

Current Use: Private Residences

Date of Local Designation: 1985

Date of National Register Designation: N/A

Area(s) of Significance: Architecture

Period of Significance: 1800-1899

Historic Profile: The John A. Widstrom Tenement is significant for its Italianate architectural style. Born in Sweden in 1849, Widstrom immigrated to the United States, arriving in Minneapolis in 1873. A miller by trade, Widstrom settled in the heavily Scandinavian Cedar-Riverside community and built his first home at 625-27 19 th Avenue South. The family lived in this house until 1887 when they moved to their new home, residing at number 621. The Widstrom family retained ownership of the property for over 50 years. It is not known who designed or built the three-story tenement, but it wonderfully exhibits characteristics of the Italianate style – the broad bracketed cornice, narrow windows with flat-top arches and projecting bays. Its preservation is an important aspect in the continuum of the city’s architectural history.

Photo Credits:

1985, Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission

2006, Minneapolis CPED

Works Cited:

"National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form, " March 1982.

Updated: February 2007

Last updated Feb 7, 2019



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