4 bedroom/3 baths/2 car garage
Own A Piece of Rochester History! Built in 1918 this classic American Foursquare home brings back wonderful memories of yesteryear. Located in the Historic Southwest Rochester area this dwelling is just 3 blocks from Dr. William Mayo’s home (Mayo Foundation House) and 6 blocks from the Mayo Clinic. An offshoot of the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Prairie Style home, the American Foursquare is simple, efficient and welcoming. Remodeler’s from across the country revel in reclaiming these classic residences.
Like all typical American Foursquare homes, this home’s floor plan was designed to make use of every square inch of space. The main level offers the standard layout found in many of the popular Sears and Roebuck kit homes: living room and foyer to the front, large dining and kitchen to the back. The upper level has four bedrooms and a full bath. A real treasure is the walk-up attic which is still in its original state--a clean palate just waiting for your design ideas. Your basement area has a ¾ bath, utility room, laundry area and access to the oversized 2 car garage. A large family room addition off the back of the original home has a fireplace, ½ bath and access to the covered deck.
Rochester was an economically healthy city when this home was built in 1918. The Mayo Clinic was located just blocks away from this home in the “red” building or “1914” building. In 1915 the Mayo clinic developed American’s first graduate program for doctors, bringing in acclaimed doctors to teach and even more medical students into the Rochester area.
Many of the doctors and medical students preferred to live along the ten blocks between the clinic and St. Mary’s hospital. Several Mayo Clinic founding doctors (William Mayo, Henry Plummer, E. Starr Judd) built large and ornate residences in a section now called Pill Hill. Just blocks away, the average Rochesterite was building homes with the unpretentious design style developed by architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright. Their style was one of simplicity, horizontal lines and beauty in symmetry.
The American Foursquare home developed out of this architectural movement which later gave birth to the Prairie Style design. This house at 516 6th St SW is a wonderful, typical foursquare home with one addition. The original portion of the residence is the characteristic two and ½ story box shape. The home has all of the major architectural elements of an American Foursquare:
- Boxy shape
- Simple floor plan
- Full front porch
- Offset front entry door with otherwise symmetrical front façade
- Two and a half stories
- Large central dormer
While many Foursquare homes were built with a hip or pyramid roof, most in Rochester have a gabled roof. The roof, whether hip or gabled, most often has at least one attic dormer central located. The dormer on this home is a monitor dormer (a dormer with a roofline that echoes the primary roof).
This particular home also has a 796 square foot addition to the back of the home. This area has been used as a family room over the years. The large open space truly lends itself to any need which fits your lifestyle: exercise room, recreation room, theater room, mother-in-law suite, even a small home business! You’ll find a wonderful fireplace in this area as well as a half bath. This living space opens up onto a wonderful covered deck which overlooks the back yard.
The addition to the home allowed for something very unique in a downtown area dwelling and that is the 2 car attached garage. When most of the historic southwest Rochester homes were built they did not have garages. Many lacked the land to add garages later. However this home was built on a double lot! The oversized two car attached garage is a wonderful luxury for the area and you still have a very nice sized back yard available for your enjoyment.
This sturdily built home has been the solid foundation for over three generations of the same family. Three generations have loved living here, enjoying life, laughing, loving, celebrating and even grieving here. Times have changed, Rochester changed and its now all right for this home to change too. So bring your design ideas, some elbow grease, your dreams and your future.
The opportunity is now! Interest rates are low. Rochester’s economy is still very healthy with a bright future. Special financing is available for remodeling which wraps the cost of the remodel into the original home mortgage. Call us for a showing today!
David and Lois Marris are top producing REALTORs at Edina Realty in Rochester, MN. Edina Realty is the number one real estate brokerage in Minnesota. For more information regarding real estate in Rochester MN contact us at www.DavidAndLoisMarris.com, DavidMarris@EdinaRealty.com, LoisMarris@EdinaRealty.com, 507-398-3251.