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The Ard Godfrey House

 
 
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By Keith L, October 26, 2010
1. The Ard Godfrey House Marker
Inscription. Built in 1848, the Ard Godfrey House is the earliest frame house still standing in Minneapolis. An example of Greek Revival architecture, it originally occupied a site in the vicinity of Main and Second Streets Southeast.

Ard Godfrey, a millwright, moved here from Maine in 1847 to build a sawmill at St. Anthony Falls, the only major falls on the Mississippi River waterway. More than 125 years ago this house became a popular meeting place for citizens of the area and for visitors. Godfrey, a prominent figure in community life, became the first postmaster of the Village of St. Anthony in 1851.

The Ard Godfrey House is owned by the Minneapolis Park Board. Its restoration has been administered by the Woman's Club of Minneapolis with the help of the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the Minnesota Historical Society. Some of the furnishings are on loan from the Hennepin County Historical Society.

Erected by the Woman's Club of Minneapolis
1979

 
Erected 1979 by the Woman's Club of Minneapolis.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 
The Ard Godfrey House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 26, 2010
2. The Ard Godfrey House Marker
59.204′ N, 93° 15.322′ W. Marker is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker is at the intersection of University Avenue Southeast (State Highway 47) and Central Avenue Southeast (State Highway 65) on University Avenue Southeast. Click for map. Marker is in Richard Chute Square Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 28 University Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis MN 55414, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richard Chute Square (within shouting distance of this marker); The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Whirlpool (approx. 0.2 miles away); Symbols on the Skyline (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eliza Winston (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pillsbury A Mill (approx. mile away); Joseph N. Nicollet (approx. 0.3 miles away); Nicollet Island Businesses (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Minneapolis.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Woman's Club of Minneapolis. Ard Godfrey House; History. (Submitted on November 10, 2010.) 

2. National Park Service. Ard Godfrey House. Harriet Godfrey is credited with bringing dandelions to Minnesota. (Submitted on November 10, 2010.) 

3. Wikipedia. Photo of the house. (Submitted on November 10, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
The Ard Godfrey House image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 26, 2010
3. The Ard Godfrey House
The oldest remaining wood frame house in Minneapolis.
 
 
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