Mankato in Blue Earth County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Rensselaer Dean Hubbard, successful entrepreneur and civic leader, built his house on Broad Street in three stages: in 1871, 1888 and 1905. During the late 19th century, many of Mankato’s captains of industry and commerce established their residences along Third Street (renamed Broad Street). This neighborhood became known as the “Silk Stocking District.” Hubbard’s home was constructed in the French second empire style featuring a mansard roof, brick and wood construction, and a cut stone basement. It contained several modern conveniences of the time – telephone, indoor plumbing and electricity.
In 1879, Hubbard established the Hubbard Milling Company, the largest flourmill in southern Minnesota. He died on a Chicago business trip in 1905.
The Hubbard family continued to live in the home until their daughter, Mary Esther, sold it to the Blue Earth County Historical Society in 1938. The City of Mankato assumed the deed under an agreement to maintain it as a historic house museum. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
Location. 44° 9.693′ N, 94° 0.288′ W. Marker is in Mankato, Minnesota, in Blue Earth County. Marker is at the intersection of South Broad Street and Warren Street on South Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 606 South Broad Street, Mankato MN 56001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lorin & Lulu Cray Home (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil War Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sinclair Lewis House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Settlers (approx. ¼ mile away); Navigating the River (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ho-Chunk / Winnebago (approx. 0.4 miles away); Maud Hart Lovelace (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mankato.
Also see . . . Renesselaer D. Hubbard House. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 28, 2013.)
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