May 17, 2014 · 1:00 PM
Oliver T. Crosby House
Oliver T. Crosby was the co-founder and president of American Hoist and Derrick Company. He built a fortune through that enterprise and his related inventions before building a home with his wife Elizabeth in the Crocus Hill Neighborhood of St. Paul from 1900 to 1906. Designed by Clarence Johnston, who had just finished designing the Glensheen mansion in Duluth, the 5,700 SF home is situated on 4 city lots at the SW corner of Avon Street and Lincoln Avenue.
The home features 8 bedrooms and 8 baths and an attached green house. Quarter sawn oak woodwork is common throughout the main level and some of the original dining room paneling and cabinetry carved by William Yungbauer (whose work is seen in the James J. Hill mansion) still exists.
Current owners Jeff Aldridge and Betsy Perry will be our hosts for the tour. Since purchasing the home about 12 years ago, they have been restoring areas of the home and undoing some of the changes made through the years.
This tour is free to group members in good standing and their guests. If you are a no-show for any event or cancel your reservation for 2 different events less than 24 hours before the start time you loose your good standing with the group and will be subject to a charge for future events. You may regain your good standing by paying a $5 fee and attending 2 future events.
Please note there is no street parking adjacent to the home since it is by permit only after 11 am. The closest parking is on Grand Avenue, one block north and on Fairmont Avenue, two blocks south. Please arrive early enough to park and be at the house BEFORE 1 pm.