Completed in 1925, the Elizabeth C. Quinlan residence at 1711 Emerson Avenue South is located in the Lowry Hill neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The house was created for Elizabeth C. Quinlan, who was the co-founder of the Young-Quinlan Company, which, in 1894, was the first woman’s ready-to-wear shop west of the Mississippi River. Her highly successful department store, innovative practices and entrepreneurial work led her to become a leader of national recognition in the apparel industry and a pioneering business woman. Quinlan lived in the house from 1925 until her death in 1947. Quinlan was born in 1863, the daughter of working-class pioneers who settled on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The house, designed by architect Frederick Lee Ackerman in the Renaissance Revival style, represents an excellent example of the Eclectic movement in the 1920s and of Ackerman’s high-end residential work.
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