Original Construction - 1908-1910
The architect selected for the construction was William M. Kenyon, who was then chief architect for the Soo Line Railroad and served as the supervising architect for the Soo Line Building, a downtown Minneapolis landmark. Kenyon's design is an eclectic mixture of Tudor and Georgian Revival styles, utilizing a red brick veneer. The home was completed in 1910 at a total cost of $12,000. The home was an outstanding example of upper middle class homes at the turn of the century era: Large roomy well-lit interiors constructed with quality materials.

The Family Life at 401 Groveland
The Ireys raised four children in comfortable style at 401 Groveland. Two children were born in the upstairs master bedroom. Servants lived on the third floor and used the winding staircase on the west side of the house to reach the kitchen and butler's pantry. The neighborhood was comprised of similar distinguished homes occupied by prominent Minneapolis families, such as the Walkers and the Boveys. Florence Wells Ireys maintained the home for 60 years before transferring it to the American Red Cross. She died in California at the age of 94 in 1974.



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