October 16, 2013 by stpaulhaus
With a house nearly 100 years old, it has no doubt gone through a few changes since the time it was built. We were very curious about the history of the house, so I did a bit of research on the property and I found a few fun facts:
1) The house was built in 1915 for $2,650.00 (cray cray)
2) The street name was originally a different name when the house was built, and it was changed to its current name in 1940. This was discovered when my search came to a screeching halt when I tried to find the original building permit for my address and it didn’t exist. The guy at the Ramsey County Historical Society had an idea to look at a city map from that year and sure enough the street was a different name.
3) The original permit pulled for the construction of the house was for a 1-story peaked roof cement/stucco single family dwelling. It was likely a 1-story with an unfinished attic at the time it was built (maybe with a cute dormer?).
4) After some more digging, we believe the second floor was added in 1944 when a permit was pulled for a new roof. This would explain the maple floors and the nice woodwork upstairs as well as in the entryway that looks like it always belonged.
5) We are only the 3rd family to have owned the house. The original owner was George “Geo” Cook. He and his wife lived in the home until each of them passed. They left the house to the wife’s sister in her will. She owned the home for about 3 years before she herself passed away leaving the home to another sister. The property was then left to her two children, a son and daughter. The daughter passed in 1985 leaving the home solely to her brother who in November of 2003 sold for first time ever to the previous owner. With a quick google search I was able to find out that the brother died about 9 months later at the age of 86. The previous owner never occupied the home, but instead rented the home until she sold it to us. Pretty dang cool.
Much of the home’s original character and charm still remains. This is nothing short of a miracle, especially in a rental home. A long the way it was common for people to change out fixtures for whatever was in style at the time, take them with to a new home, or sell them for a little cash. Quite sad.
Here are some of my favorites:
Unpainted woodwork everywhere
Leaded glass in the built-ins
Original doorbell on the front door
Push button light switches
Light fixtures in main floor living room and dining room
Original tile floors in the main floor bath
Wood burning Rumford fireplace. I am not too sure about the surround and mantel, but the hearth looks original. Don’t mind that painted brick insert thing–that is coming out.
Some of the changes to the house that I am not so thrilled with:
Strangely awkward kitchen cabinets (looks like the originals were replaced in the 1950s with these babies) and dropped ceiling.
Largest toilet known to mankind next to the smallest sink known to mankind in the upstairs bath
A lot of wallpaper in the main floor bathroom and kitchen.
Carpet on the stairs
strange mirrored shower door with even a terrible terrible burnt orange plastic thingy above
Ceiling tiles in one of the bedrooms–it may not be a dropped ceiling, but it is just as disturbing. I really hope these aren’t glued on.
I have already compiled a very hefty list of projects that I will share with you all very soon. I promise. Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye, shake your bottom if you got um. Sadly, our internet connect has been complete crap since we moved in–even amidst several phone calls and visits from Comcast. They can pretty much suck it. They are coming again this weekend, so hopefully it will be back to actually having internet connect for more than 3 min at a time. Those where the good old days.
The largest and most time consuming projects right now appear to be the total overhaul of the main floor kitchen, reworking the floor plan upstairs, new bathroom upstairs, putting in new supports for the back porch and deck, and restoring all the original wood windows. Oh, and building a garage. I have started in on a couple of small projects (I couldn’t resist), but our main goal right now is to get everything unpacked–I have put off unpacking the kitchen because it is just plan gross and I just wont want to do it damnit. If you follow us on the FB then you may have also ready seen the little bit of instagram awesomness below.
Moving is so much fun.