Menage Cottage

You can read about the history and designation of the Menage Cottage historic landmark.






Address: 1808 4th Avenue South

Historic Address: 715 14th Street East

Neighborhood: Steven’s Square

Construction Date: 1878

Contractor: Unknown

Architect: Unknown

Architectural Style: Gothic Revival

Historic Use: Private Residence

Current Use: Private Residences - Duplex

Date of Local Designation: 1983

Date of National Register Designation: N/A

Area(s) of Significance: Architecture

Period of Significance: 1800-1899; 1900-

Historic Profile: The Menage Cottage is believed to be a project of one of Minneapolis’ earliest real estate developers, Louis Menage. The cottage, built in 1878, is an extremely rare example of a small Gothic Revival style frame cottage in Minneapolis. With its asymmetrical massing, steeply pitched, multi-gable roof, and gothic arch windows, the cottage is distinctive among its neighboring structures. Menage played a leading role in real estate and the development of suburban land to the west of Minneapolis in the 1870s and 1880s. Menage also owned property in the downtown district, including the Loan Building, one of Minneapolis’ first major office buildings.

Photo Credits:

1890, Portrait of Louis Menage, courtesy of Minneapolis Public Libraries

2006, Minneapolis CPED

Works Cited:

City of Minneapolis, "Local Heritage Preservation Designation Study," November 1981.

Updated: February 2007

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