Summit Avenue Historic Home #16

This weeks historic showcase home in St Paul is 705 Summit Avenue.

Built in 1898 for Jacob Dittenhofer, this Medieval style home was built by the famous local architect Cass Gilbert. Mr. Dittenhofer was a partner with the Golden Rule Department Store in downtown St Paul and built the home for a mere $15,000.

The home displays characteristics of Gothic architecture in the arches on the verge boards of the dormers and elaborate capitals on the porch columns. Another beautiful detail is the front second story window with its Gothic window stone arches and original leaded glass.
It is always best to view this home in the winter, as it is covered by vegetation during the summer and many details are hidden from site. Currently it is used as multi-family apartments with about 13,000 total square feet.

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