Masonry Queen Anne on Summit Avenue

This weeks featured Historic Home in St Paul is 749 Summit Avenue.


Built in 1888 by the famous Clarence Johnston and in collaboration with William Willcox, the home was commissioned by The Wheeler Family and cost around $12,000 to build.

At first glance, you might think the home was built in the Richardson Romanesque style, mostly impart to the rough cut stone on the exterior walls. However it lacks any of the arches that define that style. Instead, it fits rightly into the a Queen Anne Victorian “masonry” category. The tower on the left has been built into the home and does not rise higher than the third story ridge line.
The home has been wonderfully restored to its former beauty. The wood work alone inside is something that could never be duplicated today without great cost to the home owner. At approximately 6500 square feet, the home has six bedroom, 5 baths, and a detached two-car garage.
This past June, the home sold for $1.475 Million. Hard to believe a home would sell for that much and not have air conditioning. But many of these old homes still do not have the luxury as the cost to install, without disrupting the historical integrity of the home, is extremely high.

One Response to “Masonry Queen Anne on Summit Avenue”

  1. joseph sauber says:

    in family research I found a 1900 census that listed a John and Hannah Thayer living in St Paul Ramsey ward 7 on summit ave at 749. it listed a daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and 4 servants living with them. My grandmother was one of the servants. could you confirm if this the same house?

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