This Minnesota Mansion is 139 years old and was built by the same architect that designed the Glensheen historic estate.

The Minnesota home has 8200 square feet, 6 Bedrooms, and 5 Bathrooms, was built in 1883 and is listed at $1,350,000. You can find the home at 490 Summit Avenue in Saint Paul. The coolest thing about this home is it was designed by the same architect that designed the historic Glensheen estate.

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Clarence H. Johnston Sr. was actually born in Minnesota. He specialized in domestic, religious, and public architecture, and he even served as Minnesota State Architect from 1901 to 1931. During his time he designed several of the following institutions throughout the state:

  • Rochester Asylum For The Insane (closed in 1892)
  • Minnesota State Prison in Stillwater, now know as Minnesota Correctional Facility.
  • Duluth Normal School, now known as the University of Minnesota Duluth.
  • Many buildings at the University of Minnesota
  • Some buildings at the Minnesota State Fair, like the cattle pavilion, the warehouse, and the Grandstand.
University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) roadside sign in Duluth, MN
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth

Not only did Johnston Sr. help design some major institutions throughout the state, but he also designed the following buildings:

Glensheen Mansion as viewed from lakeside in Duluth, MN
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth

Honestly, what a sweet history. He has even been considered one of the most prolific architects in the entire state's history.

According to the listing on Coldwell Banker, the home on Summit Avenue also has: 3 porches, a library, mother in law apartment, ballroom with enclosed porch overlooking Summit Avenue, 7 fireplaces, large fenced in yard, and a 4 car garage.

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