Howland Russel was a prominent Milwaukee architect from 1880-1916. His primary focus was residential construction. Two residences for which Russel is known for are the Neo-Classical Edward Diedrichs House at 1241 N. Franklin Place, and the Chateauesque style Hawley-Bloodgood houses next door.
Today, the rowhouse is divided into ten luxurious condo units; private residences and therefore not open to the public. But the exterior architecture and the landscape design are the heart of its significance, with a tall central gable, a third-story oriel window, and mirror image facades.