1661-63 W. Blair Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Alexander W. McCrea House

Address: 1661 Blair Avenue W
Neighborhood/s: Hamline-Midway, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1888
Primary Style: Victorian
Additions: Porch. Aluminum combination windows.
Major Alterations: Intact
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Wood
Material of Roof: Asphalt Shingles
Material of Foundation: Limestone
Building Permit Number: 15174
First Owner: Alexander W. McCrea
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1661-63 W. Blair Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(44.961357° N, 93.170536° W)

The information provided here is from the 1983 Ramsey County Historical Society and Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission Historic Sites Survey:

Date of site visit 1/18/1982 Fieldworker: L. Scott

The fenestration is "1/1 rectangular double hung," with a "intersecting gable" roof style. The building has "one interior brick" chimney and is built with a "wood frame."

Significant details: "Victorian home missing much of its original ornamentation. The porch appears considerably altered and is likely missing its original balustrade. Cornerboards present."

Legal description: "Lot 9, Block 5, Woodlawn Park Addition"

Historical background: "The original owner and occupant of this house, which was built for $2,400 was Alexander W. McCrea, a clerk."

Level of significance: "Local"

Statement of significance: "This is the earliest house on this block on this side of the street. Originally it fronted on Terrirorial road which ran southeasterly from the Prior and Minnehaha intersection in 1892."

Sources of information: Donnelley's Atlas of the City of St. Paul. Chicago: Reuben H. Donnelley.

Polk's 1889-90 St. Paul City Directory.

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