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Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District

Karen Melvin

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  • Hardcover: 282 pages
  • Dimensions: 9.00" x 12.00"
  • ISBN: 9780989262705
  • Publication Date: 2013-10-23
  • Big Picture Press

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Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District

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Summit Avenue, grande dame of Victorian boulevards, is lined with magnificent turn-of- the-century mansions built by railroad magnates, lumber barons and captains of industry. Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District is a celebration of these homes on St. Paul's best-known and most beloved avenue.

With a foreword by Garrison Keillor and fascinating stories penned by four award-winning writers including Paul Clifford Larson, Bette Hammel, Dave Kenney, and Melinda Nelson, the book opens the doors to more than two dozen legendary homes situated on America's best-preserved avenue from the era.

Photographer Karen Melvin takes us along for a tour through stately mansions to view these remarkable architectural gems. Featuring the work of notable architects including Clarence Johnston, Cass Gilbert and Allen Stem, readers experience the interiors first-hand, including the home of F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

Richly illustrated with hundreds of photos, this book offers an irresistible invitation to step through the doors of these showcase homes to explain what we are all curious to know.   Discover how the homeowners have restored the original grandeur and rich heritage of their homes while infusing them with new life and energy.

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"It takes great writers and great photographers to make great houses come alive, and this book has all three, with wonderful vignettes by some of the Twin Cities’ best architectural authors and gorgeous architectural photography by Karen Melvin. To see the best of what Minnesota has to offer, stroll through this book." —Thomas Fisher, Dean, College of Design, University of Minnesota

"Crack the spine of Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District, and you’ll quickly realize that the turrets and spindles you’ve been admiring for Years are surpassed by the grand, richly detailed living spaces inside. Karen Melvin’s photography and the writing of four accomplished authors beautifully tell the stories of these landmark residences—and of the people who built and preserved them." —Chris Hudson, Editor, Architecture Minnesota

"This book captures the essence of Saint Paul’s Summit Avenue, the most notable Street of Victorian architecture in the country. Saint Paul is proud to honor the book with the Cultural Heritage Award from the Heritage Preservation Commission. Well done!" —Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul

Karen Melvin

Karen Melvin is a freelance photographer and independent publisher based in the Twin Cities. She photographs for architects, magazines, interior designers, book publishers, and national advertising clients. Karen’s three previous books of architecture and history are regional best-sellers. Great Houses of Summit Avenue has won 11 national publishing awards and 2 preservation awards.

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