GREAT HOUSES OF SUMMIT AVENUE AND THE HILL DISTRICT
By Karen Melvin. Big Picture Press, 2013. 270 pp., $54.95
Summit Avenue in St. Paul is the epitome of the mansionlined boulevard. Magnificent, well-preserved houses (1858–1930) were built in styles from Italian Villa and Queen Anne to Prairie, Jacobean and Tudor, and Colonial Revival. Their proud, generous owners are stewards who invited photographer Karen Melvin to record them—see more than two dozen houses by such noted architects as Cass Gilbert, Clarence Johnston, and William Willcox. Photos capture the essence of another time; the author describes specific interior and landscape details.