66 Seymour Ave. SE

Built by local award winning architect Edwin Ludwig in 1916, this all-brick, 3-story Craftsman-Style Home is one of Prospect Park’s most admired and significant homes. Located on a wooded hilltop site, this home is a pure example of Art & Crafts Design and features a brick exterior with a tile roof, grand open staircase, wood paneled walls, original pocket doors, in-laid wood doors, and an oversized two-car “carriage house” garage.

Previous owner, Arthur Naftalin was born in Fargo, North Dakota on June 28, 1917. He served as Mayor of Minneapolis for eight years, from 1961 to 1969. At the time of his election, he and his wife Francis lived at 19 Barton Avenue SE, which they built in 1947. Shortly after his election, the Naftalins moved into this lovely home at 66 Seymour Avenue.

Naftalin taught Political Science at the University of Minnesota, and participated in many civic, political and governmental activities. Governor Orville Freeman appointed Naftalin as his Commissioner of Administration, a position he held form 1954 to 1960. Naftalin chose not to run for Mayor in 1969, and acknowledged that the lack of support by the press was one of the reasons for his decision (The Minneapolis Tribune had supported Naftalin for his three terms, but in 1967 they decided to support Republican Councilman, Arne Carlson).

  • Sale Price $597,000
  • 6 Bedroom, 4 Bath
  • 3,715 Finished Square Feet