William G. LeDuc House

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William G. LeDuc House
William G. LeDuc House.jpg
The William G. LeDuc House from the west
William G. LeDuc House is located in Minnesota
William G. LeDuc House
Location Hastings, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°43′44.67″N 92°51′6.9″W / 44.7290750°N 92.851917°W / 44.7290750; -92.851917Coordinates: 44°43′44.67″N 92°51′6.9″W / 44.7290750°N 92.851917°W / 44.7290750; -92.851917
Built 1865[1]
Architect based on plans by Andrew Jackson Downing[2]
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Local Government
NRHP Reference # 70000292[3]
Added to NRHP June 22, 1970[4]

The William G. LeDuc House, located at 1629 Vermillion Street in Hastings, Minnesota, United States, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built over several years, and completed in 1865, by William G. LeDuc who came to Minnesota in 1850 from Ohio. He was an attorney who represented a party to a suit involving Vermillion Falls, 1,500 feet (457 m) southeast of the homesite. As payment for his services, Le Duc received the land where he built his house. Le Duc was a Civil War veteran and U.S. Commissioner of Agriculture under President Hayes (1877-1881).[1]

The estate is an unusually complete example of the Carpenter Gothic style of Andrew Jackson Downing, a pioneer in American landscape architecture. William and (his wife) Mary LeDuc used Downing’s book, Cottage Residences, as inspiration for their home (Downing himself had died in 1852).[5] The home was the first property to be acquired by the Minnesota Historical Society in the late 1950s[1] but sat empty until 2005, when it was acquired by the Dakota County Historical Society and $1.2 million was raised to restore the home and grounds to their former glory.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Historic Sites:Hastings". Dakota County Historical Society. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  2. ^ "LeDuc Image Gallery". Dakota County Historical Society. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  4. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". unofficial site. 2007-10-12. 
  5. ^ "LeDuc Historic Estate once again welcomes visitors" (PDF). Minnesota History Interpreter. Minnesota Historical Society. June 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  6. ^ Laura Adelmann, Laura Adelmann (2005-06-17). "Gothic, "mysterious" mansion restored, opens". This Week. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 

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The LeDuc home under construction in 1863