David and Mary Stuart House, 312 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Haupt-Smith House

Exterior 2001
Address: 312 Summit Avenue
Neighborhood/s: Summit Hill, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1857
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex

Summit Hill Saint Paul Ramsey

David and Mary Stuart House, 312 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(44.944087° N, 93.112482° WLatitude: 44°56′38.713″N
Longitude: 93°6′44.935″W


Memories and stories

House Chronology

The house at 312 Summit, is the oldest house on Summit Avenue, and the third oldest in the entire Summit Hill neighborhood. It was built in 1858 (the year Minnesota became a state), by David Stuart, originally from Baltimore, and owner of a saw mill on the Upper Levee, below Irvine Park. Built of brick, the house was one of the city's first "cemented" or stucco covered buildings, which was a construction fad of the late 1850s. Mr. Stuart died at age 56, shortly after moving into the house in the fall of 1858, and his widow, Mary lived there until her death, just after the Civil War. The house was known as "Stuart's Folly", as the owner had started the building project during one of the largest financial crashes in U.S. history. The mansion became a boarding house in the late 1860s, and then in the 1880s became a private residence again for prominent St. Paul families, including General Herman C. Haupt, a famous civil engineer and general manager of the NP railroad, and St. Paul's longest term mayor, Robert A. Smith, who entertained President & Mrs. Cleveland at the mansion in the fall of 1887. At the turn of the 20th century, the house was purchased by the Arthur B. Driscoll family, who remodeled it, and occupied it for several decades. Driscoll was a partner in a wholesale company selling hats, caps, gloves, and fur goods, located in Lowertown. For a short time in the early 1960s, the house was used for "The Cornelia Latin Grammar School", and a few years later was being used for wedding receptions. It was returned to a private residence more than thirty years ago. JS.

(Information provided by Architectural Historian, Jim Sazevich.)

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Stories about this place

Stuart was a member of Stuart and Cobb lumber business. Later owners and residents included Brig. General Herman Haupt who lived there during the 1880s and Robert Smith, (Smith Avenue namesake) mayor of St. Paul, who lived there in the 1880s and 1890s. The house is the oldest building standing on Summit Avenue.


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External links

Summit Hill House Tour 2014

Houses of Summit Avenue Book


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