GREAT HOUSES OF SUM­MIT AV­ENUE AND THE HILL DIS­TRICT

By Karen Melvin. Big Pic­ture Press, 2013. 270 pp., $54.95

Arts and Crafts Homes - - UP FRON T -

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.

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