Banfill Tavern

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Banfill Tavern
Banfill Tavern.jpg
Banfill Tavern from the northeast
Banfill Tavern is located in Minnesota
Banfill Tavern
Banfill Tavern is located in the US
Banfill Tavern
Location 6666 E. River Rd., Fridley, Minnesota
Coordinates 45°5′21″N 93°16′37″W / 45.08917°N 93.27694°W / 45.08917; -93.27694Coordinates: 45°5′21″N 93°16′37″W / 45.08917°N 93.27694°W / 45.08917; -93.27694
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1847
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP Reference # 76001044[1]
Added to NRHP December 12, 1976

Banfill Tavern, also known as the Locke House, is a building in Fridley, Minnesota, United States, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1847 in the Greek Revival style, with architectural features such as six-over-six pane double-hung windows, a tripartite formal entry consisting of a central door with side lights and a transom, broken-pedimented gables, corner pilasters, and slender brick chimneys.[2]

When it was originally built, it served as a summer residence and an office for logging operations in the area. In 1852 the Territorial Road (Red River Trail) was built a short distance from the house, and the owner, John Banfill, converted it to a wayside inn for travelers. It served as an inn until the 1870s, when the property became a dairy farm and began to be used as a year-round residence. In 1912 C.M. Locke bought the house and lived there until his death in 1947. It has been virtually unaltered since the 1870s, and remains an example of one of the earliest and best-preserved Greek Revival residences in Anoka County.[2]

In 1988, an art center founded in 1979 partnered with Anoka County to move into Banfill Tavern after outgrowing its original site. The Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts supports local artists with exhibits and classes.[3] The Banfill-Locke Center is within Manomin County Park, and is a partner site of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.[4]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Nelson, Charles W. (1976-07-29). "National Register of Historic Places--Nomination Form: Locke, Cassius M., House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  3. ^ "Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts: History". Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  4. ^ National Park Service (2010-12-22). "Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts". Retrieved 2011-03-25. 

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