Victorian Houses on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue

Lined with 19th-century beauties, this landmark Minnesota boulevard is an illustrated dictionary of Victorian house styles.

“I feel lucky to live in such a special house and to be able to put my stamp on it,” says resident Roddie Turner, who owns the Stick Style “dollhouse.” “When I come home at the end of the day, the house just shimmers.”

“You could drive by and see the porte-cochère, the colonnade, the turret, and you knew that the owner had not just fallen off the turnip wagon,” writes Garrison Keillor about the lumbermen and railroad magnates who commissioned these substantial dwellings outside the “clamor and stink” of downtown St. Paul. The district is a national treasure.

Commentary on the houses is by noted historians who contributed to the book Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District.

Tags: Karen Melvin Minnesota OHJ August 2014 Old-House Journal victorian

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