Every House Tells a Story

1. Crawford Livingston House
339 Summit
Architect Cass Gilbert made the dining room in this house a perfect oval, Sarah Kinney says, with curved pocket doors to slide back into the curved walls.

 

2. Frederick A. Fogg House
285 Summit
Fogg was an early director of the St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, now Travelers.

 

3. Nina Street
Named for turn-of-the-last-century madam Nina Clifford, whose brothel was downtown. Thanks to the list of clients she protected, Clifford was said to rank with James J. Hill and Archbishop John Ireland for clout in St. Paul.

 

4. Charles Schuneman House
275 Summit
Schuneman was an owner of the Schuneman’s department store, earlier Schuneman and Evans Dry Goods Emporium, which operated at Sixth and Wabasha downtown until it merged with Dayton’s in 1958.

 

5. Edgar Long House
332 Summit
Built in 1899, the Long House and others on Summit had their kitchens in their basements, where servants cooked and sent food to the dining room in dumbwaiters. Modern day owners have to add a kitchen where they can—in this case by enclosing the porte-cochere where carriages once dropped their passengers.
A formerly grand carriage house out back is in opulent ruins, which are just as protected under historic preservation guidelines as the residence is.

 

6. George Lindsay House
294 Summit
This is where Garrison Keillor moved two years ago, after a dispute with his old neighbor over an addition that would have crowded his house. Now he’s on the wide open bluff on Summit’s south side.

 

7. Driscoll–Weyerhaeuser House
266 Summit
After Pioneer Press general manager Frederick Driscoll moved out, lumber baron Frederick Weyerhaeuser moved in, and got to know James J. Hill, who owned lots of forested land in addition to his railroad. Summit Avenue, and all the deals made there, remind her of a Monopoly board, Kinney says.

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