Address: 1914 West 49th Street
Construction Date: 1922
Architectural Style: Bungalow
Historic Use: Private Residence
Current Use: Private Residence
Date of Local Designation: 1986
Date of National Designation: 1974
Area(s) of Significance: Significant Person
Period of Significance: 1922-1936
Historic Profile: The preservation of the Floyd B. Olson House located at 1914 West 49 th Street commemorates the career of one of Minnesota’s most influential political leaders. He was revered in Minnesota as "the crusader for social justice" during the Depression Era. Before his death in 1936 Olson had served ten years as the Hennepin County attorney and three terms as Governor. His leadership was crucial in the development of the Farmer-Labor party in the 1920s and 1930s. Olson was a fierce advocate "for the abolition of private monopolistic privilege and its replacement by a system of public ownership "in order to, "increase the total wealth of society and abolish unemployment." Frank B. Olson remains one of the single most significant Minnesota leaders for both his local and national public service.
1937, Portrait of Floyd B. Olson, Saint Paul Daily, courtesy of The Minnesota Historical Society
2006, Minneapolis CPED
"National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form," August 1974.
Updated: February 2007