The Mary Lochren Student Rooming Homes Historic District includes three houses at the corner of 4th Street Southeast and 11th Avenue Southeast. This location is part of the residential Dinkytown area of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood.
Mary Lochren, the wife of Judge William Lochren, had the three homes built in 1901. Master architect William Kenyon designed them. The dwellings are a significant collection of Kenyon’s design work at the time. Each house reflects a different style he used. The house at 1103 4th Street Southeast is Colonial Revival. The property at 406 11th Avenue Southeast is Queen Anne. The 410 11th Avenue Southeast house is Shingle Style. Kenyon was known for extravagant homes, but these are simpler designs.
The houses are also significant for their association to social trends and neighborhood identity. The buildings became rooming houses for people tied to the University of Minnesota. This reflects historic housing trends that are characteristic of the Dinkytown area. Since 1901, the properties have mostly housed students and others affiliated with the University. They remain student housing today.
From their construction almost until her death in 1944, Mary Lochren owned the houses. She managed these three properties and three other homes on this corner. The homes in the historic district have not changed much since they were built.