Burbank-Griggs house, 432 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota

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Burbank-Griggs

Address: 432 Summit Avenue
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States

Saint Paul Ramsey


The Burbank-Livingston-Griggs House is one of the first examples of Italianate or Tuscan order architecture in Saint Paul in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The house, located at 432 Summit Avenue is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by Chicago architect Otis L. Wheelock and built 1862-1865 for James C. Burbank, a wealthy owner of the Minnesota Stage Company, which held a state-wide monopoly controlling 1600 miles of stage-lines by 1865.

The home was built of grey Mendota limestone and features denticulated bracketed cornices with carved pendants, arched windows, polygonal bay windows, Corinthian columns supporting an entablature and a cupola with wooden finial on the roof. The walls are lined on the inside by a layer of brick with an air space designed to insulate the interior from the harsh Minnesota winters. Floors and staircases connecting the four levels are oak and marble.


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