Jacob Hafstad House
Address: 159 Arthur Avenue S.E .
Neighborhood: Prospect Park
Construction Date: 1894
Architectural Style: Queen Anne/Eastlake
Historic Use: Private Residence
Current Use: Private Residence
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 Jacob Hafstad House is architecturally distinctive as an outstanding example of the use of Eastlake Style ornament to enliven exterior surfaces. Jacob Hafstad was employed as a fireman in the Minneapolis Fire Department in the 1890s. It is not known who designed the house Hafstad built at 159 Arthur Avenue S.E. in 1894. The site chosen for the house, a hilltop in Prospect Park overlooking the Mississippi River, was a perfect setting for the Queen Anne style residence. The use of Eastlake Style stick-and-ball porch ornament and pierced gabled bargeboard enhanced the design of the home’s irregular plan, creating a Victorian inspired architectural composition reflecting both function and fantasy. Throughout the years the elaborate ornament has remained remarkably intact even while the original surface material has been covered. The Jacob Hafstad House is a locally distinctive example of the use of architectural decoration which represents an important aspect of nineteenth century design emphasis.
1930, courtesy of Under the Witch’s Hat
2006, Minneapolis CPED
"National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form," November 1978.
Updated: February 2007
Last updated Nov. 21, 2011