Address: 1808 4 th Avenue South
Historic Address: 715 14 th Street East
Neighborhood: Steven’s Square
Construction Date: 1878
Architectural Style: Gothic Revival
Historic Use: Private Residence
Current Use: Private Residences - Duplex
Date of Local Designation: 1983
Date of National Register Designation: N/A
Area(s) of Significance: Architecture
Period of Significance: 1800-1899; 1900-
Historic Profile: The Menage Cottage is believed to be a project of one of Minneapolis’ earliest real estate developers, Louis Menage. The cottage, built in 1878, is an extremely rare example of a small Gothic Revival style frame cottage in Minneapolis. With its asymmetrical massing, steeply pitched, multi-gable roof, and gothic arch windows, the cottage is distinctive among its neighboring structures. Menage played a leading role in real estate and the development of suburban land to the west of Minneapolis in the 1870s and 1880s. Menage also owned property in the downtown district, including the Loan Building, one of Minneapolis’ first major office buildings.
1890, Portrait of Louis Menage, courtesy of Minneapolis Public Libraries
2006, Minneapolis CPED
City of Minneapolis, "Local Heritage Preservation Designation Study," November 1981.
Updated: February 2007