Ogden Apartment Hotel

The Ogden Apartment Hotel, a historic landmark, became the Continental Hotel in 1948.


Sepia exterior photo of six story brick hotel in 1950.



Color exterior photo of the red Continental Hotel sign with white letters attached to the exterior brick above the building entrance.


Address: 66-68 12th Street South


Construction Date: 

Contractor: Unknown


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Historic Use: 

Current Use: Residential – Multiple Dwellings

Date of Local Designation: 1992

Date of National Register Designation: 1992

Area(s) of Significance: Social History

Period of Significance: 1910-1941

Historic Profile: The Ogden Apartment Hotel represents an important example of an unusual housing type for middle-class residents during the early twentieth century. Responding to an increasing demand for middle-class housing at the turn of the twentieth century, apartment hotels gained popularity in Minneapolis for a brief period. Unlike an apartment building, apartment hotels lack private kitchens. Instead, residents eat from a common restaurant in the building. Owner James Ogden envisioned an urban lifestyle for middle-class residents, placing the apartment hotel just south of the city’s commercial and cultural districts. Housing predominantly single men and women, the Ogden also appealed to couples without children. Modern conveniences of the time, including private bathrooms, "disappearing wall beds" and electrical appliances were all available at the Ogden. In 1948, the name was changed to the Continental Hotel.

Photo Credits:

1950, Norton and Peel, courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

2006, Minneapolis CPED

Works Cited:

"National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form," June 1991.

Updated: February 2007

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