House History

Bungalow 23: Then and Now

by Josh on November 24, 2005 · 1 comment

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As I wrote a couple days ago, Ms. J, daughter of the original owners of Bungalow ‘23, sent me some pictures of the house from the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. I’m including some photos taken yesterday to show some of the physical changes to the house over the past 70 years. Changes I’ve spotted […]

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Mail from Ms. J

by Josh on November 22, 2005 · 2 comments

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A full blog entry will have to wait until I’m done working, but I can’t contain my excitement until then. Ms. J, second daughter of the original owner of Bungalow ‘23, has sent me a letter and a dozen photos from her baby book that include views of the house. The pictures are amazing! I […]

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Conversation with Ms. J

by Josh on November 21, 2005 · 1 comment

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From my recent trips to the library to research the house history I have the obituary for the original owner of Bungalow ‘23. The obituary was helpful to add some details to the biography of this person about which I knew very little, but it didn’t tell me anything about the house or how the […]

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Scouring Secondary Sources

by Josh on November 17, 2005 · 0 comments

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Over the past weeks I have spent some time in the central library and city records office researching the history of this house. My goals were: To find architect information, floorplans and photos of the house from the time the house was built To fill in gaps in the chronology of residents and get some […]

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We love to take our son and dog out for walks around the neighborhood after dinner. Living in a bungalow neighborhood, there are lots of other cute houses to see as we walk. However, one of our favorite neighborhood landmarks isn’t a house at all– though its looks might fool you. Meet Minneapolis Fire Station […]

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Quality Worth Crowing About

by Josh on September 4, 2005 · 0 comments

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The rooster doesn’t have the same marketing power he once did. That’s my guess, anyway, after finding a very old newpaper ad for Marvels Cigarettes stuck to a shelf in my basement storeroom. The ad features a rooster logo and the groan-inducing tagline, “Quality worth crowing about.”

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For my first history entry, I’m starting with one of the most obvious mysteries from the house’s past: the basement storeroom. Just past the boiler, tucked into a corner of the basement is a storeroom lined with shelves like the one pictured above. Along the edge of the shelves are labels of years running from […]

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82 Years in the Making

by Josh on August 31, 2005 · 0 comments

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We love our house. My wife, our 2-year-old, and I have lived here for nearly a year and we grow more charmed by it every day. In the 82 years since the bungalow was built on farmland on the southern fringe of Minneapolis it has housed a doctor’s family and his practice, served as a […]

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