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Locust Street Between Loras Boulevard and 12th Street, Dubuque, Iowa

Heading south on Locust Street from Loras Boulevard (14th Street), we encounter older houses, and more middle class houses, but no less elegant. There are row houses, and also freestanding Italianate houses, such as the one above. As you can… Continue Reading

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Central Avenue Between 5th and 9th Streets, Dubuque, Iowa

The downtown area of Dubuque is large, reflecting its historically large economy and importance in the lumber and woodworking business. Central Avenue is one of several north-south arteries that run between the Mississippi River and the bluffs, making the downtown… 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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Summit Avenue Between Selby Avenue and Farrington Street, St. Paul, Minnesota

Summit Avenue is amazing, and it shows what can happen when a group of people get together and rehab a bunch of houses and don’t let them be demolished for “progress.” The following houses are from east to west on… Continue Reading

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Discovering Shaw, Part 4: Russell Boulevard Between Spring Avenue and Grand Boulevard, North Side

Moving east from the corner with Spring Avenue, there is a banquet of exceptional houses on Russell Boulevard, with large cut stone facades and complex dormers and towers on houses. While the house below would probably not have been painted… Continue Reading

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Benton Street Between Third and Sixth Streets, Valley Park

I willing be a guest on KMOX AM 1120 at 8:20 AM on Friday, January 17, 2020 talking about the 100th anniversary of the beginning of Prohibition. Please tune in if you’re able! Valley Park has some great architecture along… Continue Reading