Kelly House

Read about the history and designation of the Kelly House historic landmark.



Circa 1930

Kelly House circa 1930




Kelly House 2021


Address: 2901 Brookwood Terrace

Neighborhood: Fulton

Architect: Roland R. Wilcken

Architectural Style: Spanish Eclectic

Historic Use: Residential

Current Use: Residential

Date of Local Designation: 2023

Date of National Register Designation: n/a

Area(s) of Significance: Architecture

Period of Significance: 1927

Designation: Exterior 

Historic Profile:

The Kelly House is a good example of the Spanish Eclectic style. It was built in 1927 for the family of Wayne and Gertrude Kelly. Wayne was the manager of the Kohler Company showroom in Minneapolis at the time. The Kohler Company is best known for its plumbing products. Gertrude was a Minneapolis school teacher. Minneapolis architect Roland R. Wilcken designed their home. Builders Nelson & Johnson constructed the building.

The Spanish Eclectic style became popular in the 1920s. It combines simple and ornate details. The house shows a mix of materials, textures, and colors. It has arched openings, beige stucco walls, decorative ironwork, a tan stone entry, and a red tiled roof. The style is eclectic because it pulls from various periods in Spain’s history. Features reflect Roman, Gothic, Moorish, Medieval, and Renaissance eras.

This house is different from other Minneapolis examples of this style. It still has many of its original features, including windows, doors, and decoration.


Photo credits

  • Circa 1930 photo: Courtesy of Hennepin County Library
  • 2021 photo: Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development

Works cited

Wayne & Gertrude Kelly House Designation Study, 2023

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