Summit Terrace, 587-601 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Summit Terrace

Photo taken 2001
Photo taken 2001
Address: 587 Summit Avenue
Neighborhood/s: Summit-University, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1889
Primary Style: Richardsonian Romanesque
Historic Function: Multiple Dwellingwarning.png"Multiple Dwelling" is not in the list of possible values (House/single dwelling or duplex, Airport terminal, Apartments/condominiums, Auditorium/music facility, Bank/financial institution, Barn/agricultural building, Business, Capitol , City hall/town hall/, Civic, Clinic/medical office, Clubhouse, College/university, Correctional facility, Courthouse, Dancehall/reception area, Department store, Drive-in restaurant or business, Energy facility, Fire/police station, Fortification, Gas/filling station, Government office, Grain elevator, Hospital, Hotel/motel, Institutional housing, Library, Manufacturing facility, Meeting hall, Military facility, Mortuary/funeral home, Multiple dwelling, Museum, Office, Organizational, Park building, Post office, Public works, Rail-related, including depots, Ranger station, Religious/Place of worship, Religious facility, other, Resort/spa, Restaurant, Sanitarium, School, Shopping center/mall/strip mall, Secondary building/sheds, privies, Sports facility/stadium, Theater/concert hall, Warehouse/storage, Other) for this property.
Architect or source of design: William Wilcox and Clarence H. Johnston
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Stone
First Owner: Farrar and Howe
Notes: F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in 593 and 599

Summit-University Saint Paul Ramsey

Summit Terrace, 587-601 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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"This rowhouse was built for owners Farrar and Howe, who are not listed in the 1890 city directory. In September of 1914 F. Scott Fitzgerald's parents moved into the 593 unit of this rowhouse while Scott was a sophomore at Princeton. Scott spent time in his parents' house during breaks from school in 1914 and 1915. In September of 1918 Fitzgerald's parents moved into the unit at 599 Summit, where Scott joined them in July of 1919. While staying in the rowhouse F. Scott Fitzgerald rewrote and polished his manuscript for his first published novel, "This Side of Paradise." (Ramsey County Survey)

"It was in his hot third floor room at 599 that Fitzgerald completed This Side of Paradise during the summer of 1919. When Scribner's accepted his first novel that fall, Fitzgerald, acutely aware of where his address placed him in the tightly structured St. Paul social hierarchy, reported the news to a friend in a letter headed: 599 Summit Avenue, In a house below the average, On a street above the average..." (Kelly, Thomas)

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    Ramsey County Historical Society, Inventory forms for Historic Sites Survey of St. Paul and Ramsey County, 1980-1983

    Kelly, Thomas. "The Grand Houses of Summit Avenue." Ford Times 70:5 (May 1977).

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