Melrose Flats

You can read about the history and designation of the Melrose Flats historic landmark.



Circa 1980



Address: 13-23 Fifth Street Northeast

Neighborhood: Nicollet Island , East Bank

Construction Date: 1890-92

Contractor: A.K. Tubbs (wood, stone, and brick work)

Architect: Charles Segwick

Architectural Style: Chicago Commercial

Historic Use: Commercial/ Private Residences

Current Use: Commercial/Private Residences

Date of Local Designation: 1985

Date of National Register Designation: N/A

Area(s) of Significance: Master architect

Period of Significance: 1800-1899, 1900

Historic Profile: The Melrose Flats are significant as an excellent example of the work of one of Minneapolis’ most distinguished architects, Charles S. Segwick. Segwick’s career began in New York City before he established an architectural firm in Minneapolis in 1884. His preference for designs which employed stylistic characteristics from a variety of sources, using strongly chromatic surfaces and profusely ornamented detail, is exemplified in the Melrose Flats. Organization of the primary façade reflects a Chicago Commercial style prototype with a series of large display windows at the street level and layers of smaller windows above. While only in fair condition, the building has remained unaltered and retains its architectural integrity.

Photo Credits:

Circa 1980, Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission

2006, Minneapolis CPED

Works Cited:

City of Minneapolis, "National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form," August 1981.

Updated: February 2007

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