Current Address: 2325-27 Pillsbury Avenue South
Original Address: 2402 Fourth Avenue South
Construction Date: 1870
Architectural Style: Italianate
Historic Use: Private Residence
Current Use: Private Residences
Date of Local Designation: 1974
Date of National Register Designation: 1995
Area of Significance: Architecture
Period of Significance: 1874-
Historic Profile: The Elisha Morse House is significant as the only known example of the Italian Villa style in Minneapolis which has retained its original cupola and cut-plank siding treatment. This siding consists of flat and planed planks incised at regular intervals to convey the impression of cut stone. These planks were then painted with a mixture of paint and sand to further resemble stone. This siding technique was rarely used in Minnesota architecture and extant buildings employing this technique are relatively unique. In December of 1991 the house was moved from its original location on 4th Avenue to the corner of Pillsbury Avenue and 24th Street. The original site of the site was considerably altered in 1966 after the construction of Interstate 35W. The new location in the Whittier neighborhood is considered to be a comparable environment to the original site.
1991, during relocation, courtesy of Hennepin County History Museum
2006, Minneapolis CPED
"National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form," September 1997.