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February 19, 2009

001.10 - 435 Summit Ave

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Here we have yet another house style - the 1950s rambler. You might be thinking - what is this house doing on Summit Avenue? Like many of the houses we see on Summit today, this was not the first house on this property - it’s actually the third. The first 1870s house was replaced with a newer one in the 1890s, and, well, that was torn down in the 1930s. The house you see in front of you was built on the vacant lot in 1954.

Just as all the houses on Summit Avenue were built in the popular style of their time, this house was built in the popular style of its time. Today Summit Avenue is a historic district, which means that anything 50 years or older must be treated as a historic property – and that means that this is safely part of Summit’s history, just like all the turn of the century mansions.

The wooden lady you see in front of the house by the fence is a chainsaw sculpture made from burr oak. The current owners name this lady as Nina Clifford, Madame of one of St. Paul’s early brothels. Here she is, nearly where we started, enjoying one of the best views along the Avenue, looking down over the Mississippi River Valley below.

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