Oliver T. Crosby House Tour

  • 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.

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  • Peter K.

    Hi all, it was excellent.
    I posted at discussion section for Healy Project but here is a link again:

    http://www.gofundme.com/903zgs

    May 19

  • Linda B.

    Awesome

    May 17

  • Linda B.

    This house is a real treasure, I feel so fortunate to have been able to see the beautiful restoration and hear the owners devotion to do all that had to be done to bring it back to its former glory.

    May 17

  • Cheri H

    Wow - Joe thanks for setting this up. A wonderful tour by a proud homeowner!

    May 17

  • Peter K.

    excellent house and great weather

    May 17

  • Teresa H.

    What a delight, and a privilege, to have the owner of this beautiful home take time from his busy life to give us a personal tour! Lovingly restored and lovingly lived in by a family who turned a historical house back into a HOME. Also a delight to share the tour with others who appreciate the architecture and whimsy of vintage homes!

    May 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    To make it even better my grand parents live in house 2 blocks away from 1950 - 1972

    May 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great I saw this was full. I am excited to see the place. I love old houses.

    May 16

  • Sarah

    I will be using GPS to get to this event, new to the area. Can you give an address close to the parking area on Grand and a number to call when I park so they can tell me which way to walk? North/South won't be helpful unless I buy a compass, wink.

    May 13

  • Tammy S.

    Bummed. I have to work. Looks like there are a few waiting so hopefully they can attend.

    May 10

  • Elise B.

    Just notified I have to work until 2:30. So disappointed to miss this tour!

    April 26

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