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Albert Lammers House
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The Albert Lammers House from the east
Location 1306 South 3rd Street,
Stillwater, Minnesota
Area Less than one acre
Built c. 1893
Architectural style Queen Anne
MPS Washington County MRA
NRHP reference No. 82003076
Designated NRHP April 20, 1982

The Albert Lammers House is a historic house in Stillwater, Minnesota, United States, built circa 1893. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 for having local significance in the themes of architecture and industry. It was nominated for its association with a local family that expanded Stillwater's lumber interests into northwest Minnesota, and as the city's leading example of Queen Anne architecture.

Description

The Albert Lammers House is a two-and-a-half-story wood-frame building on a prominent corner lot. Queen Anne architectural elements include the massing, turrets, wraparound porch, woodworking detail on the gables, ornamented roofline, and surface texturing. The house boasts an octagonal turret on the south and a round turret on the northeast corner. The complex front façade has recessed balconies on both the second and attic levels. The lower balcony has a latticework frieze while the upper has a seashell motif in its shape and flanking cartouches. Much of the detailed woodworking was done by Scandinavian carpenters, which may explain the Viking-style ornamentation on the roofline.

History

Albert Lammers was born in Minnesota and married Emma Kroon in 1882. He spent decades in the lumber business with his brother George. Primed by their success in Minnesota's initial logging region—the St. Croix Valley—lumbermen like the Lammers Brothers and Isaac Staples were instrumental in expanding the industry to other parts of the state. In 1898 the Lammers' operation cut 150,000,000 feet (46,000,000 m) of lumber from the Red Lake Indian Reservation and transported it to sawmills in Crookston in northwest Minnesota. The Lammers didn't operate their own sawmills but contracted to cut and bark logs for other companies.

Several of the early lumbermen in the valley were motivated to build elaborate, monumental houses to boast of their success in industry. Besides the Albert Lammers House, other houses of industry pioneers include the Roscoe Hersey House, the Captain Austin Jenks House, and the Ivory McKusick House. These houses are also listed on the National Register.

As the Minnesota pineries became depleted, Albert Lammers traveled extensively, visiting his logging camps and searching for new business opportunities. He helped establish logging operations in South Carolina, Florida, and the Bahamas, and also diversified into mining.

Albert and Emma Lammers had four children. She died in 1910. Albert Lammers died in 1920 while in British Columbia, still attending to his lumber empire.

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