Address: 4700 Fremont Avenue South
Construction Date: 1912
Architect: Purcell, Feick and Elmslie
Architectural Style: Prairie School
Historic Use: Private Residence
Current Use: Private Residence
Date of Local Designation: 1987
Date of National Register Designation: N/A
Area(s) of Significance: Architecture
Period of Significance: 1900 -
Historic Profile: The Lyman Wakefield House remains an excellent example of the successful incorporation of design elements of the Prairie School into the widely used Craftsman style. The Craftsman style, with its low maintenance and simple design, generally appealed to the servantless upper and middle-class population that moved into southwest Minneapolis during the 1900s. Designed by the nationally recognized firm of Purcell, Feick and Elmslie, the stucco residence was the home of Minneapolis banking executive and civic leader Lyman E. Wakefield. The building includes all of the Craftsman stucco box elements, but the intelligent use of brick, stone and wood for the detail, the relation of the dormers to the roof plane, and the geometric pattern of the stair bay transform the basic theme of the structure ever so slightly into the realm of a "high art" object.
2006, Minneapolis CPED
"National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form," August 1983.
Updated: February 2007