Il buono e il bello
My primary residence was built in 1886 by Joseph and Frances Haag, who raised five children in their home that they built next door at 118 Leech. Joseph (1852-1915) immigrated in 1856 and Frances in 1855. He was a German tinsmith and hardware dealer whose shop was located at 305-309 West Seventh Street in St. Paul.
Both houses were built by the Lauer Brothers who were responsible for many West 7th buildings. 118 was razed in 1973. A house next to mine at 169, 161 Goodrich, was built before 1886 but razed in 1971.
In 1900 George and Emile Graff and their two daughters lived at 169.
In 1910 an Irish family, David and Bridget Hurley and their three daughters and one granddaughter and 8(!) lodgers.lived at 169! Where?
Notably, Joseph Haag was 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 when I bought the house.
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.