Horn House, 50 Irvine Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Horn House

2001
Address: 50 Irvine Park
Neighborhood/s: Irvine Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Uppertown, Saint Paul, Minnesota, West 7th, Saint Paul, Minnesota
City/locality-
State/province
Saint Paul, Minnesota
County-
State/province:
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1869, 1881
Primary Style: Victorian
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Architect or source of design: August Gauger
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Wood
Material of Roof: Asphalt Shingles

Irvine Park, Uppertown, West 7th Saint Paul Ramsey County

Horn House, 50 Irvine Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(44.940557° N, 93.10181° WLatitude: 44°56′26.005″N
Longitude: 93°6′6.516″W
)


When the house was built in 1869 it originally faced the river with an address on Washington Street. David Riddle Breed, who was one of the founding clergy of House of Hope Presbyterian Church, occupied the house.

In 1874 Dr. Jacob H. Stewart purchased the Washington Street house. Stewart was the distinguished surgeon of the 1st Minnesota Regiment during the Civil War and later served five terms as mayor of St. Paul.

In 1881 Henry and Fanny Banning Horn, Stewart's neighbors, bought the home. Industrialization of the riverfront, popularity of more ornate architectural styles and recent park improvements led the Horns to undertake an extensive redesign of the house which shifted the orientation of the front of the house away from the river to the park.

After Henry Horn's death, his widow converted the large house into a double house. The house was sold in 1907 to James A. Young who operated a fuel business at the Upper Levee.

By the time the Irvine Park District was established, the property had deteriorated and was being used to store machine parts. A fire in 1980 destroyed the original Washington Street portion of the house.

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History

  • The 1887 city directory indicates that Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Horn, their daughters, H. J. Horn, Jr., and A. E. Horn all resided at the corner of Walnut Street and Irvine Park.
  • The 1895 city directory indicates that Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Horn, their daughter, A. E. Horn, and H. J. Horn, Jr., resided at this address.
  • The 1908 city directory indicates that James A. Young, Jr., of James A. Young & Sons, resided at this address.
  • The 1916 city directory indicates that Mr. and Mrs. J. H. McCaffrey resided at this address.

Mathew Barbari was a World War I veteran who resided at this address in 1919.

  • Mathew Barbari was a World War I veteran who resided at this address in 1919. The records of the 1919-1920 Minnesota World War I Soldier's Bonus Board (#10778) indicate that Samuel Plumbo (1893- ), a 1917 enlistee and a Private First Class in Company G of the 114th Infantry, who was born in Italy, moved to Minnesota in 1908, had brown eyes, brown hair, and a dark complexion, was 5' 2" tall, was a laborer at induction, served in the American Expeditionary Force in France, was a steamfitter after the completion of service, and was unmarried, resided with his father, D. Plumbo, at this address.
  • The 1920 city directory indicates that Mrs. Rose Barberi resided at this address and that Victor Barberi, a driver, Mrs. Emma Benson, Frank Palumbo, a laborer, Anthony Bravo, a laborer, John Busch, a laborer, and Anthony Bravo, a laborer, all boarded at this address.
  • The 1930 city directory indicates that Mrs. Rose Barbari, the widow of Ciprani Barbari, John Barbari, a stockman for the St. Paul Hydraulic Hoist Company, Lucy Barbari, a clerk, and Victor Barbari, a driver for the St. Paul Hydraulic Hoist Company, all resided at this address.

Henry Horn Bio

Henry J. Horn (1821-1902) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of John Horn and Priscilla Fentham Horn, read the law in the offices of Henry G. Gilpin, was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1849, moved to St. Paul in 1855, was a member of the St. Paul Board of Education from 1858 until 1859, was the St. Paul City Attorney from 1859 until 1860, was the Ramsey County Attorney from 1864 until 1866, drafted the legislative enactment establishing the St. Paul Board of Public Works in 1871, drafted, with I. V. D. Heard and George L. Otis, a revision to the St. Paul City Charter, was the special counsel for the City of St. Paul in litigation over the creation of Smith Park and over the reclamation of the St. Paul levee for public use, and was a member of the House of Hope Presbyterian Church. Henry J. Horn married Fannie Banning in St. Paul in 1859 and the couple had eight children, including Alexander G. Horn, a lawyer.

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