Il buono e il bello
My primary residence was built before the 1880's (it may have been moved earlier from "downtown" Saint Paul in a building boom in the 1870's) for Joseph and Frances Haag, who raised five children in their home. Joseph (1852-1915) was a German tinsmith and hardware dealer whose shop was located at 305-309 West Seventh Street in St. Paul.
The house originally faced Leech Street to the west on the same lot, but in 1886 Haag moved this house to its current location farther east, facing Goodrich Street and the bluff, and built a much larger house for his growing family. Haag's second and larger residence has since been demolished.
Notably, Joseph Haag had been raised on the same block. His parents, Valentine and Annie Haag, built their first home in St. Paul at 88 Leech (then numbered 13 McBoal). Their original 1857 homestead still stands near the alley to the rear of 88 Leech, where it is currently used as a shed. Several other "alley houses" (some pre-dating the Civil War) can be found in my neighborhood of "Uppertown", most having been converted to garages or storage sheds.
Oakland Cemetery Association records indicate that Anthony Herbeck (1878-1918,) a barber and the husband of Sophie Herbeck, who was born in Germany to parents who were born in Germany and who died of pulmonary tuberculosis, resided at this address in 1918.
1979: The picture above was a "sales" photo when I bought the house. There were two layers of siding, asphalt and asbestos, hiding the original beautiful clapboard and wood trim that I was unaware of.
Back entry, with glimpses of its pear tree
and an apple tree at the back
Each of those first years, one side at a time over years, I removed the two layers of siding, replaced wood detail trim, and primed and painted around the house. My first paint job was tasteless, but after many trips up and down the ladder, I settled on a very Scandinavian color scheme
Generally a neo-gothic, Victorian stick style home is constructed of wood; and is angular, asymmetrical, vertical and has a lot of detailing! This style originated with Andrew Jackson Downing (1815 –52) and house pattern books of the 1860s and 1870s. Downing also founded the magazine “Horticulturist” and was known for his garden and park design.
A representative of the Victorian Stick Style, my house features this typical gabled, steeply pitched roof with overhangs. The house has lost its original wrap-around porch, first floor tall windows, and southwest bay. Arguably the house could also represent the Eastlake Style--with its gable ends and porch posts covered with decorative cutout patterns, drilled holes, jigsaw and lathe work in wood.