Franklin House

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







Address: 2405 West 22 nd Street

Neighborhood: Kenwood

Construction Date: 1915

Contractor: Albinson Construction

Architect: Unknown

Architectural Style: Prairie Style

Historic Use: Private Residence

Current Use: Private Residence

Date of Local Designation: 1996

Date of National Register Designation: N/A

Area(s) of Significance: Architecture

Period of Significance: 1915 -

Historic Profile: Constructed in 1915, the Benjamin and Cora Franklin House is significant as a locally unique example of a compact and utilitarian, yet dramatic, Prairie Style house. Situated near the western shore of Lake of the Isles, it is surrounded by a diverse group of Victorian, Craftsman and period revival residences. Evidently based on the design of a similar dwelling by the California firm of Wolfe and Wolfe, the Franklin House illustrates elements of the Prairie School in its rectangular, flat-roofed, horizontal block, wide overhanging eaves, casement windows, and stucco exterior. The similarity of design between the Franklin House and the California model built by Wolfe and Wolfe provides insight into the role of architectural periodicals such as The Western Architect and The Craftsman in the dissemination of ideas from one region to another. In excellent condition, the house illustrates the marriage of the Midwestern Prairie Style and California houses of the period.

Photo Credits:


2006, Minneapolis CPED

Works Cited:

Landscape Research. "City of Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Registration Form," 1996.

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