We get the opportunity to work on many old, beautiful buildings, but this one is very special--445 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, the Henry Shipman-Herman Greve House, 1883. It was designed by Leroy Buffington, one of the Twin Cities great early architects.
According to architectural historian Roger G. Kennedy in his book "Historic Homes of Minnesota":
"It is Minnesota's most perfect specimen of the Spirit of '76--1876. A Tory spirit it was, celebrating the centennial of political independence from Great Britain by adopting what the 'American Builder' called 'the national architecture of Great Britain.'"
"There were very few structures built in Minnesota which so clearly demonstrated the influence of the Philadelphia Exposition as the Shipman house, and most of those which appear in the building magazines of the time have long since been pulled down."
The interior woodwork is absolutely spectacular. We were there to repair water damage in the very grand staircase.