Oliver G. Traphagen House

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Oliver G. Traphagen House
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Oliver G. Traphagen House is located in Minnesota
Oliver G. Traphagen House
Oliver G. Traphagen House is located in the US
Oliver G. Traphagen House
Location 1509-1511 E. Superior St., Duluth, Minnesota
Coordinates 46°48′7″N 92°4′46″W / 46.80194°N 92.07944°W / 46.80194; -92.07944Coordinates: 46°48′7″N 92°4′46″W / 46.80194°N 92.07944°W / 46.80194; -92.07944
Built 1892
Architect Oliver G. Traphagen
NRHP reference #

75002091

[1]
Added to NRHP April 04, 1975

The Oliver G. Traphagen House is a house in Duluth, Minnesota. The architect, Oliver G. Traphagen, designed a number of buildings in Duluth, as well as in Hawaii. The house is a three-story Victorian mansion. The front wall is built of local red sandstone and features ornate carving and window dressing, along with towers and unusual dormers. The three other faces of the building are faced in red brick.[2] It was originally designed as a duplex house with two separate entrances and very similar floor plans on either side, with the exception of the front windows. The west side has curved windows, while the east side has straight windows with wood wainscoting underneath. There are ten fireplaces in the house, all but one of which retain their original tile. The house also has antique light fixtures in most of the rooms. These fixtures operated on either gas or electricity, because at the time, interior electric wiring was still new and not yet proven.[3]

Chester Congdon lived in the house from 1897 through 1908 until their nearby mansion, Glensheen, was completed.[3] In 1919, the house was subdivided into nine apartments.[3] The house was purchased in 1986 by Howard Klatzky and was home to an advertising firm.[2] A fire heavily damaged the historic home on August 18, 2014[4]

Detail of the sandstone work underneath one of the windows

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "HT Klatzky & Associates - The Difference: Where We Work". Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  3. ^ a b c "HT Klatzky & Associates - The Difference: More Redstone". Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  4. ^ "fire heavily damages a Duluth landmark". MPR news. Retrieved 18 August 2014.