Address: 617-21 19 th Avenue South
Construction Date: 1886
Architectural Style: Italianate
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: 1800-1899
Historic Profile: The John A. Widstrom Tenement is significant for its Italianate architectural style. Born in Sweden in 1849, Widstrom immigrated to the United States, arriving in Minneapolis in 1873. A miller by trade, Widstrom settled in the heavily Scandinavian Cedar-Riverside community and built his first home at 625-27 19 th Avenue South. The family lived in this house until 1887 when they moved to their new home, residing at number 621. The Widstrom family retained ownership of the property for over 50 years. It is not known who designed or built the three-story tenement, but it wonderfully exhibits characteristics of the Italianate style – the broad bracketed cornice, narrow windows with flat-top arches and projecting bays. Its preservation is an important aspect in the continuum of the city’s architectural history.
1985, Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission
2006, Minneapolis CPED
"National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form, " March 1982.
Updated: February 2007