Moorish Mansion Apartments

You can read about the history and designation of the Moorish Mansion Apartments historic landmark.






Address: 3028 James Avenue South

Neighborhood: Ecco

Construction Date: 1929

Contractor: M.E. Greenberg

Architect: Charles J. Bard

Architectural Style: Exotic Revival – Moorish Revival

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: 1900-

Historic Profile: The "Moorish Mansion" Apartment Building is significant as one of the most unique local examples of multiple housing units employing a Historic Revival architectural façade. During the 1920s, Minneapolis produced many standard apartment buildings with facades that reflected a wide variety of stylistic Revivals. Constructed in 1929 for M.E. Greenberg, the "Moorish Mansion" incorporates exotic fantasy into a modern building. Each of the façade’s three bays is uniquely designed using a variety of Moorish ornament, including copper dome, iron balconets, and spiraled columns. The Moorish Mansion apartments represent an excellent example of Historic Revival designs applied to contemporary urban lifestyles.

Photo Credits:

1985, Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission

2006, Minneapolis CPED

Works Cited:

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

Updated: February 2007

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