Roosevelt Terrace

1700-1714 N. 21st St. and 2105-2109 Ogden Ave., Superior, Wisconsin


Overview Looking Southwest

This wonderful old residential building is red sandstone and is loaded with wonderful architectural details.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in August 2013




James Roosevelt (the father of Franklin Delano Roosevelt) invested heavily in Superior in the late 19th Century. Along with other east coast investors, Roosevelt saw a bright future in Superior as a rail and harbor hub, as mining and lumbering were major industries in the area.

Roosevelt had already acquired substantial wealth but envisioned becoming one of the wealthiest men in the country. He invested in the West Superior Iron and Steel Company as well as other Superior business ventures. He financed the building of this residence that bore his name.

While Superior's importance as a shipping hub is well documented, it never grew to be the metropolis Roosevelt had envisioned, yet his legacy lives on, even though his memory is overshadowed by that of his very successful son, Franklin.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 12, 2005
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Romanesque
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Multiple dwelling
Current function
Multiple dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 11


19th Century (37,731)
Brick (42,462)
Built 1890 (940)
Built during 1890s (7,627)
Carl Wirth (3)
Douglas County, Wisconsin (21)
Private owner (54,398)
Residential building (1,586)
Romanesque (2,722)
Stone (26,160)
Superior, Wisconsin (17)
Victorian (19,698)
Wisconsin (2,619)

Update Log 

  • August 24, 2013: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos