St Paul Historic Home #13 - A Coffin on the Roof?

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Kirby Fine Homes

This weeks Historic Home is 465 Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, MN

Built in 1886 and for a cost of $18,400, this home was designed for William Constans, a French-born grocer. From one book I read, he ran the largest wholesale firm for hops, malts, and brewer's supplies in the Northwest and the only one in St Paul. The business later evolved into the Schmidt Brewing Company.

You might be looking at the home and wondering "What style is this?". Well it was originally designed by A.F. Gauger as a Queen Anne Victorian mansion. Take a look at this photo taken in 1890. You can just see a five-story tower on the southeast corner of the home and a spindle trimmed porch, classic designs of a Queen Anne. Sometime later, the porch and tower were removed and replaced by Colonial style moldings and decoration. For some reason, people liked to change the facade of the Victorian homes, most likely to give the home some extra character to set it apart from other Queen Annes on the Avenue. A carriage house was also constructed directly behind the house.

The home has approximately 7300 square feet and 9 -10 bedrooms and currently single family residential. I came across a rumor that one owner of the home ran a funeral business in which his wife refused to let him advertise. His solution was to add a casket looking decoration to the top of the home. Take a look and see what you think....kinda looks like a casket to me!

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SORRY FOR MULTIPLE LEAVE
January 22, 2008 03:04 PM
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Carolyn Gjerde-Tu-Davis
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I like the contrast with the black and white photo  to what it looks like today.  It is interesting how buildings change over time.

January 23, 2008 08:44 PM
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Jennifer Kirby
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Brian- unfortunately my searches have not turned up any new interior photos of  260 Summit since the renovation. Hometime aired a show on PBS about the renovation which I have seen, but I looked up the broadcast and it doesn't looked to be re-aired anytime soon. Sorry I cannot be of any help. But you can find photos of the home at the turn of the century at the Minnesota Historical Society website.

Carolyn - it's amazing how people changed the style of their home . You just don't see that happen much today.

January 24, 2008 09:18 AM
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OK JENNIFER,THANKS FOR INFO. HOPING TO ATTEND THE SUMMIT AVE. TOUR OF HOMES IN SEPT.
January 27, 2008 07:15 PM
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Brian - I try to attend every tour as well. It is a great oppotunity to see the architectural details of interior design in these old homes.
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