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February 20, 2009

001.09 - 445 Summit Ave: Shipman-Greve house

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Here we are at 445 Summit, a superb example of another house style popular in the 1880s and 1890s, called Queen Anne. This house is believed to be the first Queen Anne-style house in St. Paul. It was started in 1882, and many local architectural historians consider it one of the finest examples of the style in the city.

Why? Well, quite a few of the architectural details that make up the Queen Anne style can be seen here, combined in a visually pleasing manner to give it subdued architectural oomph.

Here are three features to notice: One, look at the roofline. Not only does it have a much more steeply pitched roof than the Italianate styles, but it has gables and dormer windows throughout the entire roof. Two, note the multiple materials used in the house – stone on the bottom, stucco and wood in a Tudor pattern on the 2nd floor, and slate under the windows on the 3rd floor. Three, the façade, or front of the house, is not flat – it has protrusions sticking out. For a great comparison of all three elements, look across the street to the Burbank Livingston Griggs house.

This house is also usually referred to by the names of its first owners, so may heard it referred to as the Shipman Greve house.

Our next and final stop is around the corner and actually just across the street from the University Club. The address is 435 Summit. Look for the wooden lady holding her parasol – I’ll see you there.

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