Andrew John Volstead House

The Andrew John Volstead House is the historic house in Granite Falls, Minnesota, of ten-term United States Congressman Andrew Volstead (1860–1947). It is now managed as a museum and the organizational headquarters of the Granite Falls Historical Society.[4] Volstead became nationally synonymous with Prohibition in 1919 when, as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, he was obliged to author the Volstead Act, enabling enforcement of the recently ratified Eighteenth Amendment. Volstead was a moderate progressive who coauthored the Capper–Volstead Act in 1922, which legalized agricultural cooperatives.[5]

Andrew John Volstead House
The Volstead House in 2019
Andrew John Volstead House is located in Minnesota
Andrew John Volstead House
Andrew John Volstead House is located in the United States
Andrew John Volstead House
Location163 9th Avenue, Granite Falls, Minnesota
Coordinates44°48′33″N 95°32′24″W / 44.80917°N 95.54000°W / 44.80917; -95.54000Coordinates: 44°48′33″N 95°32′24″W / 44.80917°N 95.54000°W / 44.80917; -95.54000
AreaLess than one acre
Architectural styleNone specified
NRHP reference #74001046[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPDecember 30, 1974
Designated NHLDecember 8, 1976[3]
The house in 2018

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 for having national significance in the areas of agriculture, politics/government, and social history.[6] Two years later the house was declared a National Historical Landmark.[3]

The 1878 home is a wood-frame structure with a large two-story stairwell tower that was added on by Volstead shortly after he purchased the property in 1894. During Volstead's time, the first floor had a large screened porch; this has now been replaced by an open porch. The interior is adorned with oak woodwork and stained glass.[5] Volstead moved to a new home in Granite Falls in 1930.[5] The first Volstead House remained privately owned until 1974, when it was listed on the National Register and converted into a historic house museum. Five years later it was donated to the city.[4]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Andrew John Volstead House". Historic American Buildings Survey. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
  3. ^ a b "Andrew J. Volstead House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2008-04-03. Retrieved 2007-11-15.
  4. ^ a b "The Granite Falls Historical Society". Granite Falls Historical Society. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  5. ^ a b c Adams, George R.; Ralph Christian (August 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form: Andrew J. Volstead House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-06-12. Cite journal requires |journal= (help) and Accompanying 4 images from 1974. (2.32 MB)
  6. ^ "Volstead, Andrew J., House (National Historic Landmark)". Minnesota National Register Properties Database. Minnesota Historical Society. 2009. Retrieved 2015-06-12.

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