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Central Avenue Between 13th and 15th Streets, Dubuque, Iowa

There’s a sort of “second downtown” in Dubuque, up north away from the other downtown south of 10th Street. This northern downtown doesn’t have as much rehabbing (but it does have some, such as the beautiful row above), but it… Continue Reading

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Farrington Street and Laurel Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota

On the northwest corner of Summit Avenue and Farrington Street is this amazing Romanesque Revival mansion with some Renaissance Revival elements in the porches. They look like something I would see in Florence or other Italian cities. All of the… Continue Reading

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Nicholson Place, Lafayette Square

I had always glanced down Nicholson Place while traveling down Lafayette Avenue, and had foolishly believed that the sadly truncated little street surely contained little history and few historic houses. After digging a little, I discovered I was dead wrong.… Continue Reading

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Lafayette Avenue Between Mississippi Avenue and Nicholson Place

The block of Lafayette Avenue across from the park between Mississippi Avenue (formerly Park Place) and Nicholson Place is short, but it is packed with history. Sadly, Number 2 on Compton and Dry’s Pictorial St. Louis, the house of John… Continue Reading

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Carroll Street Between Eighteenth and Grattan Streets, North Side

Heading east on Carroll Street from Eighteenth Street, we realize that the area east of the park was largely undeveloped by 1876, most likely to the presence of karst topography (there were caves in the vicinity, as well). In fact,… Continue Reading