John Lind House

Individual Landmark

 

 1908 John Lind House
1908

 2006 John Lind House
2006

Address: 1775 Colfax Avenue South

Neighborhood: Lowry Hill

Construction Date: 1905-1907

Contractor: Unknown

Architect: William Channing Whitney

Architectural Style: Georgian Revival

Historic Use: Private Residence

Current Use: Private Residence

Date of Local Designation: 1985

Date of National Designation: N/A

Area(s) of Significance: Architecture, Political History

Period of Significance: 1900-

Historic Profile: John Lind, a Swedish-born immigrant, was elected as Minnesota's 14th governor in 1899. During his lifetime John Lind was a school teacher, superintendent of Brown County schools, a New Ulm Lawyer, and land agent. John Lind was also the first Swedish-born American to be elected to the United States Congress, president of the University Board of Regents, diplomatic representative to Mexico, and Minnesota Governor. Working at the end of the nineteenth century, Lind was a part of the Progressive movement, which championed the interests of the rural and urban working classes in Minnesota in a reaction against economic and social abuses. Lind campaigned for adoption of a more equitable tax burden, enlightened concern for the sick and poor, and direct elections of state officials.

Photo Credits:

1908, Former governor John Lind hosting friends at 1775 Colfax Avenue South, courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

2006, Minneapolis CPED

Updated: February 2007

Last updated Feb 6, 2019

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