Henry & Hilda Defiel House, 732 Margaret Street East, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Henry & Hilda Defiel House

2001
Address: 723 Margaret Street E
Neighborhood/s: Dayton's Bluff, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1890
Primary Style: Queen Anne
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Architect or source of design: Herman Kretz & Co.
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick
Material of Roof: Asphalt Shingles
First Owner: Henry & Hilda Defiel

Dayton's Bluff Saint Paul Ramsey

Henry & Hilda Defiel House, 732 Margaret Street East, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(44.961212° N, 93.069817° WLatitude: 44°57′40.363″N
Longitude: 93°4′11.341″W
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Henry Defiel was the eldest son of a German immigrant who had made his fortune dealing in ice. Every winter, the People's Ice Co. harvested their "crop" from White Bear Lake and Lake Minnetonka, then stored it in vast warehouses scattered throughout the city for prompt local delivery. Henry and Hilda put up their house in the midst of the East Side operation and within an easy commute down Seventh Street. Their architect was Herman Kretz, best known locally for his dozens of up-scale row houses on and around St. Anthony Hill. An almost mechanical precision in Kretz's compositions, however florid, betray his years of training as an engineer.

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