Semple House

You can read about the history and designation of the Semple House historic landmark.




Address: 100-04 Franklin Avenue West

Neighborhood: Steven’s Square

Construction Date: 1901

Contractor: Unknown

Architect: Frank B. Long and Louis Long

Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival

Historic Use: Private Residence

Current Use: Commercial – Office/ Reception Hall

Date of Local Designation: 2006

Date of National Register Designation: 1998

Area(s) of Significance: Architecture

Period of Significance: 1901-

Historic Profile: The Anne C. and Frank B. Semple House symbolized the business success of one of Minnesota’s most prosperous turn-of-the-century hardware merchants. The imposing exterior and richly detailed interior represent the accomplishments of Frank Semple who was a creator of what one historian called "for years the largest hardware house in the northwest." The grand and showy palace flaunted his success. Semple’s firm, Janney Semple and Company, began on the Mississippi riverfront in 1866 and operated under different names until it was acquired by a national retailer in 1960.

Photo Credits:

1965, Minneapolis Star Journal, courtesy of The Minnesota Historical Society

2006, Minneapolis CPED

Works Cited:

"National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form," July 1997.


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