Summit Manor's Fashionable History In
1901, Charles Schuneman, a prominent retail dry goods merchant, engaged
well know architect Clarence H. Johnson to build the mansion. It is
constructed of Mankato stone and cost $18,000 to build. As you tour
Summit Manor be sure to look for pictures of the prominent St. Paul
Schuneman department store (which later became Dayton's) as well as
many fascinating photographs and images of the time displayed
throughout the home.
This is one of many Summit Avenue
mansions built by renowned architect Clarence Johnston. He and Cass
Gilbert were classmates and collaborated on works including Northrop
Mall at the University of Minnesota. Johnston stayed in St. Paul
and designed and built numerous homes and office buildings including
Northrop Auditorium, Williams Arena, The Eastcliff Mansion, Saint PaulAcademy & the Glensheen Historical Estate in Duluth, MN
large front porch is very typical of homes in the area. Now it is a
perfect setting for your guest to relax and envision Summit Avenue as
it was in the 1900s.
Notice the great photo opportunities of the
large foyer, magnificently carved staircase and the charm of the parlor
with the curved arch. Intricate carvings adorn the foyer and solid oak
was used throughout the house. The parquet flooring is original and
makes for an amazing backdrop for your event.
The mansion was
purchased by the McLaughlin family in 1971 opening as Summit Manor
Reception House hosting Weddings, Receptions and private parties.
Summit Manor's history, charm and elegance are complimented with
careful renovation & updates including a full commercial kitchen,
Wi-Fi, and central air conditioning making this stone mansion a
gracious inviting atmosphere for your special event.