Lein Duplex

You can read about the history and designation of the Lein Duplex historic landmark.






Address: 444-446 Madison Street Northeast

Neighborhood: St. Anthony East

Construction Date: 1888

Contractor: P.W. Lein

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, 1900-

Historic Profile: The combined use of Italianate and Queen Anne stylistic elements in the P.W. Lein Duplex make it an interesting contribution to Minneapolis architecture. Built at a cost of $1,200 in 1888, the double dwelling is thought to have been influenced by architectural pattern books and stock materials. These resources, popular in the late nineteenth century, would have allowed the builder to select decorative components he found most appealing. The result was an eclectic building with an unusual triple gable roof, intricately carved scroll supports, and segmental arch window openings. The P.W. Lein Duplex is an unusually picturesque representative of the combined use of nineteenth century design elements, and is significant for its survival integrity as an architecturally distinctive entity in the community.

Photo Credits:

1974, Charles Nelson, courtesy of The Minnesota Historical Society

2006, Minneapolis CPED

Works Cited:

City of Minneapolis, "National Register of Historic Places Inventory – Nomination Form," January 1982.

Updated: February 2007

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