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Ramsey County History – Winter 2014: “Citizens versus the Freeway: RIP-35E and the Pleasant Avenue Route through St. Paul”

John Watson Milton

Citizens versus the Freeway: RIP-35E and the Pleasant Avenue Route through St. Paul Author: John Watson Milton In September 1955, the National System of Interstate Highways identified the Pleasant Avenue corridor as the route for north-south Interstate 35E through the City of St. Paul, connecting with…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2012: “St. Paul’s Beaux-Arts Libraries: Philanthropic Architecture in a Local Context”

Lauren M. Freese

St. Paul’s Beaux-Arts Libraries: Philanthropic Architecture in a Local Context Author: Lauren M. Freese In 1917, Saint Paul City Architect Charles Hausler designed three libraries in St. Paul. They are the St. Anthony Park Free Public Library; the Riverview Free Public Library (West Side); and the Arlington Hills Free…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2012: “Who Built the Minnesota Capitol? John Rachač, Master Carpenter”

John Sielaff

Who Built the Minnesota Capitol? John Rachač, Master Carpenter Author: John Sielaff The Minnesota State Capitol was constructed in St. Paul between 1895 and 1905. Because of the importance of this building to Minnesota history, considerable information exists about the competition to select an architect (the prominent Cass Gilbert…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2012: “From Boom Times to the Great Depression: Two Stolpestad Men in St. Paul Real Estate, 1886–1936”

James A. Stolpestad

From Boom Times to the Great Depression: Two Stolpestad Men in St. Paul Real Estate, 1886–1936 Author: James A. Stolpestad This is a story about a Norwegian immigrant, Andrew H. Stolpestad, to St. Paul in 1884 who went on to make a modest mark for himself in local real estate…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2011: “From Thomery to ‘The Anchorage:’ The Larpenteurs and Their Journey to St. Paul”

Michele Murnane

From Thomery to “The Anchorage:” The Larpenteurs and Their Journey to St. Paul Author: Michele Murnane One of the best-known avenues at the north end of St. Paul is Larpenteur, named after the French-American Auguste Louis Larpenteur (1823–1919), who came to St. Paul in the 1840s, enjoyed productive careers…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2011: “With Style, Grace, and Pride: The Gardens at the Minnesota Governor’s Residence”

Karine Pouliquen and Lori Schindler

With Style, Grace, and Pride: The Gardens at the Minnesota Governor’s Residence Authors: Karine Pouliquen and Lori Schindler The Summit Avenue mansion of lumber tycoon Horace and Clotilde Irvine is celebrated for its elaborate gardens. Built about 1910, the residence included one of the early twentieth-century Victorian-style gardens that…

“Ramsey County History – Winter 2011: “‘We Can Do Better with a Chisel and a Hammer:’ Appreciating Mary Colter and Her Roots in St. Paul”

Diane Trout-Oertel

“We Can Do Better with a Chisel and a Hammer:” Appreciating Mary Colter and Her Roots in St. Paul Author: Diane Trout-Oertel Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, one of the few women to become an architect in the late nineteenth century, spent most of her first three decades in St.

Ramsey County History – Fall 2010: “Once There Was a Street Called Decatur”

Paul D. Nelson

Once There Was a Street Called Decatur Author: Paul D. Nelson This is the story of a small street, Decatur, which was perched on the western edge of Swede Hollow in the East Side of St. Paul. It had been laid out in the 1850s, but the first buildings…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2010: “‘A Rented House Is Not a Home:’ Thomas Frankson: Real Estate Promoter and Unorthodox Politician”

Roger Bergerson

“A Rented House Is Not a Home:” Thomas Frankson: Real Estate Promoter and Unorthodox Politician Author: Roger Bergerson Thomas Frankson, a real estate developer, oil land speculator, and often successful politician is no longer well known. His house near the western entrance of Como Park with its two concrete…