Address: 1022 University Avenue S.E.
Neighborhood: Marcy Holmes
Construction Date: 1886
Contractor: Jeremiah Spear
Architect: Jeremiah Spear
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Historic Use: Private Residences
Current Use: Private Residences
Date of Local Designation: 1983
Date of National Register Designation: N/A
Area(s) of Significance: Community Planning
Period of Significance: 1800-1899
Historic Profile: Florence Court is recognized as an excellent example of early urban planning in Minneapolis. The rowhouses, planned around an interior courtyard, are the earliest surviving example of its type in Minneapolis. Jeremiah Spear, a carpenter, is believed to have completed the design and woodworking for the rowhouses. Although all the units are part of one building, each is given an individual identity by architectural details. For example, while some units have paned bay windows, others have Romanesque style front entrances and oriole windows on the second floor. The early residents of Florence Court were typically middle-class families including faculty from the University of Minnesota. The apartments have been subdivided, making them suitable for students.
1976, rear faade (from 2 nd Street), courtesy of Minneapolis Public Libraries
2006, Minneapolis CPED
"National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form," June 1981.
Updated: February 2007
Last updated Nov. 21, 2011