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St. Paul’s Historic Summit Avenue

2004
Author:

Ernest R. Sandeen
Foreword by Larry Millett

St. Paul’s Historic Summit Avenue

A lively history of the best-preserved Victorian boulevard in America—now back in print!

St. Paul’s Historic Summit Avenue highlights the fascinating story of this boulevard from its pre–Civil War origins, when the area was considered wilderness, to its fashionable height at the turn of the century. Ernest R. Sandeen takes readers on walking tours of the first and grandest mile of the street, beginning with the Cathedral of St. Paul, and Fitzgerald’s Summit Avenue.

Provides valuable insight into the architecture and life on Summit Avenue. A walking tour as well as a house index is provided, allowing readers to explore on their own this wonderful street.

Minnesota History

Well known as the most prestigious and beautiful street in the Twin Cities and one of the longest urban boulevards in the United States, Summit Avenue runs past the opulent mansion of railroad tycoon James J. Hill, an early home of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and several residences designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert. In its heyday the four-and-one-half-mile-long boulevard included 13 churches, 9 schools, and 440 residences, 373 of which survive.

St. Paul’s Historic Summit Avenue highlights the fascinating story of this boulevard from its pre–Civil War origins, when the area was still considered wilderness, to its fashionable height at the turn of the century. Ernest R. Sandeen discusses the preservation of Summit Avenue and takes readers on a walking tour of the first and grandest mile of the street, beginning with the Cathedral of St. Paul. A second walking tour gives the reader Fitzgerald’s Summit Avenue, including excerpts from his notebooks and stories describing the area. The book concludes with an index of Summit Avenue houses built through the 1970s.


St. Paul’s Historic Summit Avenue

Ernest R. Sandeen was the James Wallace Professor of History and codirector of the Living Historical Museum at Macalester College. He served as a member of St. Paul’s Historic Preservation Commission and as a partner in Lanegran, Richter, and Sandeen, an architectural preservation, design, and land-use firm.

St. Paul’s Historic Summit Avenue

Provides valuable insight into the architecture and life on Summit Avenue. A walking tour as well as a house index is provided, allowing readers to explore on their own this wonderful street.

Minnesota History