Amherst H. Wilder residence, 226 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul (1887-1959)

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Amherst H. Wilder residence

Illustration of Wilder residence ca:1885
Address: 226 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Year built: 1887
Year razed: 1959
Architect or source of design: William Willcox and Clarence Johnson
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick
First Owner: Amherst H. Wilder
Notes: Current site of Saint Paul Archdiocese chancery building

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Amherst H. Wilder residence, 226 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul (1887-1959)
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The Wilder residence was donated to the Saint Paul Archdiocese which used the home for offices until 1995(?) when it was demolished to make way for a new chancery building for the Saint Paul Archdiocese.

"It was probably one of the two or three grandest houses on Summit Avenue-- the interior finishing of the house was splendid, most 19th century houses I refer to as "miniature deforestation projects", and this one had all of the elaborate woodwork that you would expect from a mansion of that vintage.."
~~Larry Millett, Lost Twin Cities


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I recall the Wilder residence in the 1940s. We lived in the neighborhood. The home was badly deteriorated. We neighborhood kids used to play on the grounds which were all wooded. We were able to see into the house which still had some furnishings. There was a chandelier and objects on the fireplace mantle. In later years, my sons also discovered it as a good place to play. I don't recall when it was razed, but it was not habitable even in the 1940s.

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