Charles T. Backus House

Individual Landmark


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Address: 212 West 36 th Street

Neighborhood: Lyndale

Construction Date: 1915

Contractor: Unknown

Architect: Purcell and Elmslie

Architectural Style: Prairie School

Historic Use: Residential – Single Family

Current Use: Residential – Single Family

Date of Local Designation: 1987

Date of National Register Designation: N/A

Area of Significance: Architecture, Master Architects

Period of Significance: 1915 –

Historic Profile: This 1915 Prairie School Residence is an outstanding example of a low-cost house that expresses the principles and values of the Prairie School. At the time of construction the Backus House was built for less that $3,000. The first floor pergola, window trellises and casement bands transform the simple cube into a fine art object. Designed by the nationally known firm of Purcell and Elmslie, the Backus House is the first attempt by the firm at a low-cost, full two-story square plan residence.

Photo Credits:

1986, Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission

2006, Minneapolis CPED

Works Cited:

"National Register of Historic Places Inventory – Nomination Form," September 1984.

Updated: February 2007

Last updated Nov 21, 2011