Friday, November 24, 2006

Historical Summit House

The Burbank-Livingston-Griggs house, the second oldest house still standing on Summit Avenue, was built by James Burbank in 1862. It was constructed of Mendota limestone, and was built in the Italian villa style. After changing ownership among St. Paul's prominent families, it was donated to the Mn. Historical Society in 1962. It is no longer open, but when my children were small, we often toured the house which was open as a museum at the time. The playroom with vintage toys was always a favorite stop.

Today in MN History: 1859- Architect Cass Gilbert is born in Ohio. Gilbert's family would move to St. Paul in 1868, and he would later begin his career there. Among his most recognizable buildings are the Minnesota State Capitol, the U.S. Supreme Court Building, and Manhattan's Woolworth Building. (Historical information taken from the MN Historical Society's website: mnhs.org)

9 comments:

  1. second oldest and it looks like new. what a shame it's not open any more for the others to enjoy it.

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  2. I could live there. :)

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  3. You still got leaves on the trees? Very nice...

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  4. What singular architecture. I LOVE the looks of this house. Thanks for introducing me to this Italian villa in St. Paul.

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  5. Such a lovely and well-preserved old home. The room with toys must have been quite special. What is the house used for now? (Did you say and I forgot?)

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  6. What a wonderful old home. Hearing the history makes it an even better find. Really beautiful architecture!

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  7. Magnifica mansión ,el encuadre perfecto y el colorido muy bueno. Saludos!

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  8. I would love to visit that place, especially the toy museum.
    I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful with your family. We have enjoyed our time with our son and his family in the Sacramento area.

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  9. That is a kewl looking house!

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