The Northome Stone Arch

Northome Stone Arch Deephaven MN
Northome Stone Arch, Deephaven, MN
In an area of Deephaven known mostly to locals is a stone arch rising out of the trees as you drive through a quite neighborhood. Built in 1906 by the german stonemason Florian Huber, the original double arch was the entrance to the “Cedarhurst” and “Pinecrest” estates. In 1925, the left arch was removed to make way for larger vehicles, and in 1939, was deeded to the city of Deephaven. While structures like this rarely survive, the dedication to restore the arch in 1986 has helped keep the history of the area alive for future generations.
“Cedarhurst” was built for Russell M Bennett in 1901 and was a two story classic revival home. It replaced the “Northome” mansion built for Charles Gibson which burned in 1894. “Pinecrest” was owned by Joseph E. Clifford. A photo taken in 1904 shows the shoreline of Northome with similar stone structures in a retaining wall.

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2 Responses to “The Northome Stone Arch”

  1. Another cool bit of info. I was one of the carpenters for a new construction built back in that spot in 2012.

  2. Lisa Stevens says:

    Actually, the arch was built in the 1870-80s as the entrance to Charles Gibson’s “Northome.” It was always a single arch, but the left “fence” portion was removed to make way for a second lane. There are early photos of it in its original state at the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society. Articles about Gibson, “Northome” and the arch can be found in early issues of the “Minneapolis Tribune.”

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